Toews, Miriam A Complicated Kindness

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A Complicated Kindness

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Nomi Nickel lives with her father, Ray, in East Village, a small Mennonite town in Manitoba. She dreams of escaping to the big city, but since her mother and sister left home, it's hard to imagine leaving her father behind. As she begins to piece together the story behind her mother's disappearance, she finds herself on a direct collision course with the town's minister. With fierce originality and brilliance, Miriam Toews takes us straight to the centre of Nomi's world and the complicated kindness at the heart of family life.

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The most engaging narrative voice I've come across lately (right up there with Holden Caulfield and Huck Finn) is that of Nomi, the teenage girl at the centre of Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness (Faber) - a darkly hilarious novel set in an oppressive Mennonite community. (Blake Morrison Holiday Reads, The Guardian 2005-06-18)

'... Toews spurns the temptation to submerge her characters in vitriol, taking a more complex road where there is much tenderness in a beautifully wrought narrative.' ( The Herald (Glasgow) 2005-05-14)

'Miriam Toews herself grew up in a Mennonite village, and is hilariously adept in her evocation of being stuck in a town with no bars ... A Complicated Kindess reads like born-agin Garrison Keillor ... It's a timely assault on the hypocrisy of religious fanaticism.' (Alfred Hickling Guardian 2005-06-04)

'The story veers between past and present, horror and hilarity, with Nomi's biting wit enhancing the ambient lunacy.' (Barbara Taylor London Review of Books 2005-06-02)

'Told with the slouchy, cool grace of a misfit teen, this sparkly novel is destined to become a coming-of-age classic.' ( Elle)

'A fabulous coming-of-age novel about a girl growing up in a repressive Mennonite community. Witty and wise.' (Louise Wener)

'This novel is exquisitely written and faceted. It combines impossible qualities effortlessly - is blithe and earnest, heartbreaking and humorous, and its expression is as raw as it is delicate. It is a story of family disintegration; faith's rupture, recovery, and reckoning; love's inhibiting aspects and liberty's damages. Toews creates a central voice that is adolescent and wise, haunted, disarming and endearing. From beginning to end the book is unusually calibrated and incredibly compelling.' (Sarah Hall Guardian)

'Wry and saturated with comic invention, A Complicated Kindness possesses one of the strongest fictional voices since Holden Caulfield vented his spleen.' ( Time Out)

'The book's theme is the terrible disillusionment of growing up and realising your parents aren't perfect, happy or even likeable human beings. Toews' portrayal of the loving but atypically polite relationship between Nomi and her father, a lost soul since his wife and daughter left home, provides the core of the book and some of the best passages. ... This sad, bittersweet and oddball novel stands apart from the crowd. For her moving portrayal of how family ties can be ripped apart, Toews deserves to be up there with other top-notch writers - Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, Yann Martel - who have come out of Canada over the past few years.' ( Scotland on Sunday)

'There's a real danger of sap in this kind of book, but Toews' narrator - an eye-rollingly sarky but confused teenager - more than saves the day. Nomi Nickel is 15 years old and living with her father in a strict Mennonite community in Manitoba, Canada in the 1970s. Her spirited mum and sister have both disappeared into the outside world of which the sect so disapproves. Her quest to find out what happened, along with her first boyfriend, dope-smoking Travis, and her best friend, a strange, luminous invalid, is movingly and fascinatingly rendered.' ( City Life)

'Toews' novel is a wonderfully acute, moving, warm, sceptical, frustrated portrait of fundamentalist religion.' ( Guardian)

'One of the great strengths of A Complicated Kindness is that it's both moving and funny ... A Complicated Kindness is the first of her books to be published in Britain, but if there's any justice it should start troubling the bestseller chart shortly after publication, hopefully to be followed by her previous works. Her blend of wit, passion and pathos is sure to find a readership here.' ( Herald)

' A Complicated Kindness is a delight from beginning to end. The humour might be of the blackest sort ('People here just can't wait to die, it seems. It's the main event.'), but the cumulative effect is liberating and defiantly joyful.' ( Daily Mail)

'A Complicated Kindness is a novel about a religious sect. I have always done my best to avoid books about religion but nevertheless, this one surprised me. Miriam Toews' marvellous creation of the Nickel family - in particular Nomi, a bright and often hilarious teenager, and the narrator of this little story - will charm the socks off you. ... The book's overriding themes are ones of regret, longing and loss, so it is to Toews' credit that she manages to make it a laugh-out-loud as well. She has perfectly captured the mind-set of an exasperated teenager, ultimately delivering a coming-of-age story about making your own choices in life and living by them.' ( Zembla)

'Sad and funny by turns, this is a beautifully written and moving family drama.' ( Sainsburys magazine)

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A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews is a novel of fierce originality and brilliance from the celebrated Canadian novelist, author of The Flying Troutmans and All My Puny Sorrows.

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