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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miriam Toews Narrator: Susanna Fournier Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9780735274631
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From the acclaimed Giller Prize Finalist and Governor General’s Award Winner: a delightfully funny and charming second novel about Canada’s smallest town.

Life in Winnipeg didn’t go as planned for Knute and her daughter. But living back in Algren with her parents and working for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges: Knute finds herself mixed up with Hosea’s attempts to achieve his dream of meeting the Prime Minister—even if that means keeping the town’s population at an even 1,500. Bringing to life small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters, A Boy of Good Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious novel about finding out where you belong.

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  • A Boy of Good Breeding caught me at the throat, made me laugh and weep with sad-sweet joy …. [The characters ] get under your skin, and finally, it seems, into your very blood, where they quicken the heart ….Tonic for the spirit: a charming, deeply moving, unerringly human story, perfectly shaped and beautifully told. The Globe and Mail
  • Reading [Toews ] is like climbing into a fizzy bath of lunatic humour ….Buried in the mysteries of parenthood, love and death are at least a couple of home truths. Toronto Star
  • This is a lovely book; each character is a real person, fully realized ….But you’ll have to read A Boy of Good Breeding for yourself, to be moved by the story’s unfolding to a resolution that promises much; Toews has given us a novel that lets us write her characters’ futures. Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jgilbert | 2/17/2014

    " fun, very canadian humour, light read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Hailley | 2/15/2014

    " This book was a little slow. Like Toews' other book, I loved that it was set in small town Manitoba, the characters are quirky and realistic, but I didn't identify enough with the main characters to really get into it. The ending was cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/27/2014

    " More charming, quirky Toews characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thalia | 1/17/2014

    " This was an odd story and a predicable one all at the same time. I'm afraid the characters either bored me or I didn't believe them...either or....pass "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 1/11/2014

    " Not as good as Toews other books but still decent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajs | 1/8/2014

    " Miriam Toews best book! The characters are so vivid, I felt like I knew them. Read three pages, and knew I was going to love it, and I did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/7/2014

    " 3.5 really, if that were an option. It's less absorbing than A Complicated Kindness, but entertaining, quirky and full of interesting characters. Plus it mentions A Music Man in passing, which almost pushed my rating up to 4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/2/2013

    " I loved this! So funny, great characters (especially Combine Jo), and a great story of all the mishaps of a small town in Canada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/29/2013

    " another gem from toews. it is a picture of a few weeks in the characters lives. no distinct beginning or ending. the whole point is just to get to know the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 brie | 11/2/2013

    " You know, I got about 6 books from the library and waited till I had read all 5 before reading this, because it was the one I was least looking forward to reading. Turns out it was my favorite. Definitely a worth-while read, though I found it a bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 10/18/2013

    " I love the characters in this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Golden | 9/10/2013

    " I liked the other one of hers that I read better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 8/14/2013

    " Excellent story, great characters and Canadian setting. The "story within a story" is intriguing and the entire plot keeps you guessing until the end. Excellent audio book from the CBC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Schacht | 4/19/2013

    " In a small town in Canada, the eccentric mayor tries to keep the population at exactly 1500 so his town will win the "small town award," of a visit from the Prime Minister, for the mayor thinks he may be his father. This is a humorous, good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamk | 12/19/2012

    " A strange book about the mayor of a small town who is obsessed with the town remaining as Canada's smallest town at a population of 1500 so that the Prime Minister (who he suspects is his father) will visit on Canada Day. I enjoyed the characters but wasn't blown away by the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/13/2012

    " One of my favourite authors. All her books are so different and they are all wonderful. This one is quite light-hearted which was different for me because I read it after A Complicated Kindness and Swing Low so that was quite a surprise but wonderful anyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/13/2012

    " Quirky book about the lives of people in "the smallest town in Canada." The reader is really good; the different voices (all with a Canadian accent) had me chuckling at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/10/2012

    " Algren, where the sky is the color of tolet bowl cleaner and staying the smallest town in Canada is the mayor's number one priority. This book will make you smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 2/13/2012

    " While not as good as a Complicated Kindness. I found myself really enjoying this book. I ended up sharing the whole plot and reading passages out to Matthew before going to bed at night. It's a quick and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/25/2011

    " Quirky small-town characters. I laughed out loud a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Tinani | 11/19/2011

    " Not my favourite Toews book - The Flying Troutman's is still the best. This was a good book though, i was completely immersed in the story. I was so sad at the end though... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 9/2/2011

    " Way too confusing, too many characters, too weird. Didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brit McCarthy | 2/28/2011

    " There was something quirky and enjoyable about this book, and I'm not really sure what or why...Does that even make sense? A good read, anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajs | 1/3/2011

    " Miriam Toews best book! The characters are so vivid, I felt like I knew them. Read three pages, and knew I was going to love it, and I did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brit | 12/10/2010

    " There was something quirky and enjoyable about this book, and I'm not really sure what or why...Does that even make sense? A good read, anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/6/2010

    " another gem from toews. it is a picture of a few weeks in the characters lives. no distinct beginning or ending. the whole point is just to get to know the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 10/30/2010

    " Excellent story, great characters and Canadian setting. The "story within a story" is intriguing and the entire plot keeps you guessing until the end. Excellent audio book from the CBC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/16/2010

    " 3.5 really, if that were an option. It's less absorbing than A Complicated Kindness, but entertaining, quirky and full of interesting characters. Plus it mentions A Music Man in passing, which almost pushed my rating up to 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/25/2010

    " Quirky book about the lives of people in "the smallest town in Canada." The reader is really good; the different voices (all with a Canadian accent) had me chuckling at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 2/25/2010

    " Not as good as Toews other books but still decent "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thalia | 1/18/2010

    " This was an odd story and a predicable one all at the same time. I'm afraid the characters either bored me or I didn't believe them...either or....pass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/18/2009

    " Algren, where the sky is the color of tolet bowl cleaner and staying the smallest town in Canada is the mayor's number one priority. This book will make you smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 10/23/2009

    " This book was a little slow. Like Toews' other book, I loved that it was set in small town Manitoba, the characters are quirky and realistic, but I didn't identify enough with the main characters to really get into it. The ending was cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/20/2009

    " In a small town in Canada, the eccentric mayor tries to keep the population at exactly 1500 so his town will win the "small town award," of a visit from the Prime Minister, for the mayor thinks he may be his father. This is a humorous, good read. "

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About the Author
Author Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews is the recipient of numerous literary awards in Canada, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2010 she received the prestigious Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for her body of work.