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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 (pronounced tâves) was born in 1964 in the small Mennonitetown of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published four novels anda memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awardsincluding the Governor General’s Award, the McNally Robinson Bookof the Year Award (twice), and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.In 2007 she made her screen debut in the…

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