All My Puny Sorrows

 

 

I realize this book is not advantaged by my brief write up here.  It is already widely acclaimed in Canada and beyond. I remember Miriam a bit from my high school days; and obviously much time has passed.  But I have come to admire her writing and particularly some of her books.  AMPS is definitely one of them.  "Swing Low.. A life." was another book I really appreciated a lot.  A true story, recounting the life and eventual death of her father.  AMPS is written in fictional style, but is definitely based on the reality of Toew's life and relationship with her sister, who also found relief in this life by ending it.  Miriam manages to combine deep sadness and sorrow with incredible wit and humor.  

If it is possible to laugh and cry at the same time, you might find yourself at that precise intersection.  But, she also challenges our thinking, in what I would consider to be a striking but also gentle way.  When you start reading this book, you won't want to put it down.  So, pick it up.

Garry