A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
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Meet Nomi Nickel, the rebellious small town teenager and irresistible creation of award-winning novelist 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 September 6, 2005 by Counterpoint. 267 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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It’s all on the gloomy side, but, if Nomi is to be believed, that’s what Mennonite life is all about (“A Mennonite telephone survey might consist of questions like, would you prefer to live or die a cruel death, and if you answer ‘live’ the Menno doing the survey hangs up on you”).

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A 16-year-old rebels against the conventions of her strict Mennonite community and tries to come to terms with the collapse of her family in this insightful, irreverent coming-of-age novel. In blea

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There is beauty and compassion in her portrayal of Nomi's struggle, and there is also grudging sympathy for the people Nomi struggles to define herself against.

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Nomi and Ray have been abandoned by Nomi's mother, Trudie, who split, heartbroken, after Nomi's defiant older sister, Tash, suddenly left town.

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The mother, crazed in her repression, spends one memorable scene ranting and screaming at her brother “The Mouth”—a strictly devout Mennonite leader who had rebelled as a teenager, tried to make his way in the world, and failed.

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The mother, crazed in her repression, spends one memorable scene ranting and screaming at her brother “The Mouth”—a strictly devout Mennonite leader who had rebelled as a teenager, tried to make his way in the world, and failed.

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In addition, Pifko's narration of the story further highlights Nomi's energy and promise, bringing this unlikely heroine vibrantly to life.

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And while it's a long time before the reader discovers just what happened to Nomi's mother and sister, we learn right away that she is living in the family home with her father, Ray, the gently eccentric shadow of the man Nomi's mother married.

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Deborah Grove 14 Jul 2014

Absolutely wonderful! Such a refreshing, bubbly read. Nomi Nickel is a clever, loveable narrator, and yet the novel explores themes of grief, loss, sorrow with great finesse and tact. Loved it.

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