Summer of My Amazing Luck
Toews’ debut novel, written with her signature wit and compassion, published in the UK for the first time
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‘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
[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.
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.
In the crucible of [Miriam Toews'] genius, tears and laughter are ground into some magical elixir that seems like the essence of life.
The novel offers a humorous look at the absurdities of the Canadian welfare system while unwinding the intricacies of a sticky-sweet friendship.
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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