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Summer of My Amazing Luck

Miriam Toews

Toews’ debut novel, written with her signature wit and compassion, published in the UK for the first time

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571345878
Date Published
04.07.2019
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Summary

‘Toews’s debut is a tart, affectionate look at welfare mothers…Toews is especially good on the “rollicking, happy, impoverished family” of the projects [and] scathing about the humiliations of poverty.’ New York Times

Lucy and her eight-month-old son live in a Winnipeg housing project filled with single mothers on the dole. Still dealing with her own mother’s sudden death, and new to the ever-multiplying complications of life on welfare, Lucy strikes up a friendship with her neighbour, Lish. On the whole, they’re pretty happy . . . But Lucy wants to make sure they stay happy. And she has a plan.

Told with Toews’s signature scalding wit and deep compassion, Summer of my Amazing Luck is a brilliantly funny book about the intricacies of friendship, grief, and poverty.

‘[A] picaresque account of two welfare moms having loopy adventures and getting by in the city… The novel’s voice [is] amused, warm, curious, alive on the page.’ The New Yorker

Critic Reviews

[A] picaresque account of two welfare moms having loopy adventures and getting by in the city... The novel’s voice [is] amused, warm, curious, alive on the page.

The New Yorker
Critic Reviews

Toews’s debut is a tart, affectionate look at welfare mothers in a Winnipeg housing project...Toews is especially good on the “rollicking, happy, impoverished family” of the projects [and] scathing about the humiliations of poverty.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

In the crucible of [Miriam Toews'] genius, tears and laughter are ground into some magical elixir that seems like the essence of life.

The Washington Post
Critic Reviews

The novel offers a humorous look at the absurdities of the Canadian welfare system while unwinding the intricacies of a sticky-sweet friendship.

Publishers Weekly
Critic Reviews

Another memorable portrait of a struggling young person who finds unexpected resilience and peace... Readers will return to the hilarious, heartbreaking dialogue and the poignant questions about finding love, making a life, and discovering how stories and secrets impact others.

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MiriamToews

Miriam Toews is the author of seven novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth, All My Puny Sorrows, and Women Talking, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust…

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