“A mostly over-medicated manic mess, Marlena is the quirky, cool chick that Cat copies unquestioningly since her move to mind numbing Northern Michigan. Cat is determined to turn over a new leaf, leaving her good girl ways downstate in Detroit. Together, the girls dare each other into a desperate game of living dangerously until a drugged-out Marlena inexplicably drowns. Can Cat overcome her impulsive, immature instincts and move past the memories made with Marlena or will she find herself following in the same, fateful footsteps as her never-forgotten friend?”
— Kristin• McLean & Eakin Booksellers
Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die. All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada's most beloved authors - not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.