An affecting road trip at a steady pace

The Flying Troutmans By Miriam Toews Faber and Faber, €15

21st February, 2009

When 28-year-old Hattie Troutman receives a phone cal l from her young niece, begging her to come home to Winnipeg, it transforms her entire life.

It transpires that Hattie’s sister, Min, is in the depths of a breakdown, her umpteenth since the death of their father in a drowning accident when they were children.

Having swanned around Paris with her ‘‘moody, adjective hating’’ boyfriend for a couple of years, doing little other than...

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