9th Ave: Miriam Toews and Lydia Kiesling

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave.

Miriam Toews discusses her new novel, Women Talking with Lydia Kiesling.


Praise for Women Talking

“This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale. --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

“An astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I've read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come.” —Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES and FLORIDA

“I am in awe of this novel. In Toews's brilliant design, eight women in a Mennonite hayloft manage to lay bare the rancid global root system of patriarchy. Their story is terrifying, joyful, gruesome, and magnetic. What a reckoning--and what a gift.” Leni Zumas, author of RED CLOCKS

“A flawless, ferocious work of art. I have yet to read a more scathing indictment of patriarchal violence, or a more illuminating quest to comprehend the most vital contours of the human experience: what is agency, what is meaning, what is justice, what is love. This is the kind of novel that changes you. Get ready.” —Laura van den Berg, author of THE THIRD HOTEL


About Women Talking

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.


Women Talking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

National Bestseller
Winner of the Brooklyn Public LIbrary Literary Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Reading Women Award

All My Puny Sorrows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940450711
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Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

A New York Times 2015 Holiday Gift Guide selection.

A Complicated Kindness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091412
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 22nd, 2019

"A Complicated Kindness captures the struggles of a family and its individuals in a fresh, wondrous style . . . A] beautiful and bitter little masterpiece." --The Believer

The Flying Troutmans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091467
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 12th, 2019

"This saga of bad luck and good company is a wry, scary, heartfelt ode to the traverses we have to make in life when we're at the end of our rope and there's no net below us." --ELLE

The Golden State: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374164836
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Published: MCD - September 4th, 2018


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