A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews
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From the acclaimed Giller Prize Finalist and Governor General’s Award Winner: a delightfully funny and charming second novel about Canada’s smallest town.

Life in Winnipeg didn’t go as planned for Knute and her daughter. But living back in Algren with her parents and working for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges: Knute finds herself mixed up with Hosea’s attempts to achieve his dream of meeting the Prime Minister — even if that means keeping the town’s population at an even 1500. Bringing to life small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters, A Boy of Good Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious novel about finding out where you belong.


About Miriam Toews

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Miriam Toews was born in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She has published five novels and a memoir of her father, and is the recipient of numerous literary awards in Canada, including the Governor General's Literary Award (for "A Complicated Kindness") and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (for "The Flying Troutmans"). In 2010 she received the prestigious Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work. "Irma Voth" is Toews's most recent novel. She lives in Toronto.
Published June 1, 2007 by ISIS Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Canada’s prime minister, John Baert, has written a letter to Hosea notifying him of an official congratulatory visit on July 1—as the son of a single teenaged mother who passed off his birth as a miraculous nighttime encounter with a man on a horse, Hosea is convinced that the prime minister is h...

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Being the smallest town means maintaining the population at exactly 1,500 — any less and Algren would be a village, any more and it would be “like all the rest of the small towns” — so Hosea spends his days checking in on the wacky local residents and loitering at the hospital, where he tracks po...

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