All My Puny Sorrows

by Miriam Toews

Elf and Yoli aresisters.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 317 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.93 out of 5
  • Published November 18th 2014 by McSweeney's
  • Original Title: All My Puny Sorrows
  • ISBN: 1940450276 (ISBN13: 9781940450278)
  • Literary Awards: Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2014)
  • Wellcome Book Prize Nominee (2015)
  • Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction (2015)
  • Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (2014)
  • Folio Prize Nominee (2015)

Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda’s life is enviable (she’s a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi’s a mess (she’s divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close — raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf’s desire to end her life. After Elf’s latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada’s most beloved authors — not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.