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Fight Night

Miriam Toews

Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl’s love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family’s fighting spirit.

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‘I doubt I’ll read a better novel.’ Big Issue
‘Go Grandma Elvira!’ Margaret Atwood
‘Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.’ The New Yorker
‘Glorious.’ Sarah Moss
‘A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.’ Glamour
‘Miriam Toews is a genius.’ R. O. Kwon
‘As compelling and hilarious and indecently sad as life can be.’ Financial Times
You are a small thing, and you must learn to fight.

Swiv has taken her grandmother’s advice too literally. Now she’s at home, suspended from school. Mom is pregnant and preoccupied – and so Swiv is in the older woman’s charge, receiving a very different form of education from a teacher with a style all her own.

Grandma likes her stories fast, troublesome and funny. She’s known the very worst that life can throw at you – and has met it every time with a wild, unnamable spirit, fighting for joy and independence every step of the way. But will maths lessons based on Amish jigsaws and classes on How to Dig a Winter Grave inspire the same fire in Swiv, and ensure it never goes out?

Time is running short. Grandma’s health is failing, the baby is on the way, as a family of three extraordinary women prepare to face life’s great changes together.

Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl’s love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family’s fighting spirit.

Critic Reviews

'Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.'

The New Yorker
Critic Reviews

'It is the funniest, most life-affirming and most virtuosic novel I expect to read this year. I doubt I’ll read a better novel, full stop... Every sharply-turned sentence and passage of dialogue fizzes with invention, imparting the book a chaotic energy.'

Big Issue
Critic Reviews

'A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.'

Critic Reviews

'[A] gem of a book, sharp edged and shining, a paean to the strength of women that posits humour and hope as a choice in the face of suffering'

The Observer
Critic Reviews

Fight Night is a headlong rush of a novel narrated by a precocious nine-year-old girl who is doing everything she can to keep her troubled mother from falling apart and her irrepressible grandmother alive. Tender, heart-wrenching, darkly funny, and ultimately joyful, this novel pulses with life.

Christina Baker Kline
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In Fight Night as in her previous books, Miriam Toews is a genius. Her gigantic mind and heart are singular; her sentence-making powers, extraordinary. Living in a time when Toews is writing is a reason to rejoice.

R. O. Kwon

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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