Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
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...in the final pages of Irma Voth, Toews retrieves what was best in both the film and her novel and fashions a lovely, fresh take on that old chestnut: the transformative power of art.
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"Thenicely drawn contrast between what Irma knows and suspects and what the readerunderstands about her world gives Irma Voth asuspenseful charge from the first pages.” —Jane Smiley, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Ina rare coming-of-age novel that blends dark truths with upliftingtransformations, acclaimed author Miriam Toewsdelivers the story of a young Mennonite woman, vulnerable yet wise beyond heryears, who carries the burden of a terrible family secret with her during aremarkable journey of survival and redemption. Irma Voth,from the award-winning author of Swing Low and A Complicated Kindness,is a poignant and elegant exploration of one woman’s difficult odyssey todiscover her own potential—a path that leads her away from her close-knitcommunity and into the wide and unknown world beyond. 

 

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 September 6, 2011 by Harper. 277 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Scott MacDonald on Aug 08 2011

...in the final pages of Irma Voth, Toews retrieves what was best in both the film and her novel and fashions a lovely, fresh take on that old chestnut: the transformative power of art.

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