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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Miriam Toews Narrator: Erin Moon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author Miriam Toews is known for her razor-sharp wit. In A Complicated Kindness, Mennonite Nomi Nichol belongs to “the most embarrassing subsect of people to belong to if you’re a teenager.” Her mother and sister have already fled their fundamentalist community in Manitoba. Now Nomi, fighting off despair, tries to find herself while hiding behind a façade of biting humor. Download and start listening now!

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  • … maintains a careful balance between hilarity and heartbreak that most readers will find unforgettable. Booklist, starred review

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/17/2014

    " Didn't finish the book but from what I read it wasn't my cup of tea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi Willis | 2/12/2014

    " Toews' coming-of-age novel about a teen girl struggling with her faith in an oppressive Mennonite community is at once funny and heart-breaking. Nomi Nichols is a girl who rebels at every point, dreaming of escaping her small town and the control of the Mouth - her uncle and head of the church. It would be easy to dismiss Nomi as just a kid hell-bent on breaking every rule and ruining her life with drugs and sex and truancy. But when Nomi's sister and mother both flee the town and the church, Nomi is the only one left to hold together the broken pieces of her father's life. She is both bitter and poignant in her dealings with faith, and Toews writes in a way that grabs the heart. The more control the church takes, the more her family spins out of control, and the entire book might easily be summed up in Nomi's words: "I think now I'd call it grief. It's hard to grieve in a town where everything that happens is God's will. It's hard to know what to do with your emptiness when you're not supposed to have emptiness." There are no easy endings to this story, but what Toews leaves Nomi - and her readers - with is hope. Small and fragile and impossibly difficult, but hope nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mew | 1/24/2014

    " sad...sweet...unusual "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marilyn | 1/23/2014

    " I really didn't get this book--about the only thing I learned is that the Mennonites were started by a guy named Menno Simon. There seemed to be a lot of angry people in this book. "

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