Summer of My Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews
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By the author of Swing Low. Welcome to Have-a-Life welfare housing project (better known as Half-a-Life). The welfare regulations are endless and the ratfink neighbours won't mind their own business, but when Lish and Lucy head to Colorado to find the fire-eater, Lucy discovers this just may be the summer of her amazing luck.
 

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 July 5, 2006 by Counterpoint. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Miriam Toews displays her wit in two early novels, about single mothers and a sad-sack mayor.

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Originally published in Canada in 1996, this light treat by the author of A Complicated Kindness and A Boy of Good Breeding sees 18-year-old single mother Lucy Van Alstyne join the nouveau poor on the dole in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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summer tells the story of Lucy, a young single mum (she doesn't know who her son's father is) in a housing project in the 'peg (centre of the universe), her relationships with the other women in the project (and their relationships in turn), battles with social assistance, and their shared determ...

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