Coming of age story of a girl left behind in the dark

Fiction: A Complicated Kindness

15th August, 2015
Miriam Toews narrates her dark autobiographical fiction with humour and artistry Picture: Ken Gigliotti

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The Canadian author Miriam Toews has a gift for blending the humorous with the melancholic in her richly rewarding autobiographical fiction.

Raised in a Mennonite community in Canada, Toews got out as soon as she graduated from high school. In A Complicated Kindness, her newly-republished third novel, she draws on this experience in a coming-of-age story that is by turns sardonic, lonely and transfixing.

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