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Women Talking

Miriam Toews

A profound, unsettling and virtuosic piece of fiction from the award-winning author of All My Puny Sorrows.

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‘Don’t miss this.’ Margaret Atwood
‘An astonishment, a volcano of a novel.’ Lauren Groff
Brave and thoughtful.’ Observer
‘Remarkably layered and gripping.’ Wall Street Journal
‘Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.’ New Yorker

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony, over one hundred girls and women were raped by what many thought were ghosts or demons. Their accounts were dismissed as ‘wild female imagination’.

Women Talking is an imagined response to these real events. When the women learn the truth, they meet secretly to discuss how to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. But they have just two days to decide, before the rapists are bailed out and brought home.

‘Don’t miss this one! This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid’s Tale’Margaret Atwood, Twitter


Miriam Toews (pronounced tâves) was born in 1964 in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published four novels and a memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Governor General’s Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (twice), and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2007 she made…

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