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Author: Miriam Toews Narrator: Erin Moon Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781490658063
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Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die. All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada's most beloved authors - not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] wrenchingly honest, darkly funny novel. (Grade: A)”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Touching and unexpectedly humorous.”

    Marie Claire

  • “A touching tribute and a captivating novel.”


  • “Irresistible…its intelligence, its honesty and, above all, its compassion provide a kind of existential balm—a comfort not unlike the sort you might find by opening a bottle of wine and having a long conversation with (yes, really) a true friend.”

    New York Times

  • “Thanks to the prodigious talent of author Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows is an off-kilter, frequently funny, and begrudgingly life-affirming romp through, well, death.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In the crucible of [Miriam Toews’] genius, tears and laughter are ground into some magical elixir that seems like the essence of life.”

    Washington Post

  • “As jagged and ripped open as a freshly torn heart.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] triumph in its depiction of the love the sisters share.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] masterful, original investigation into love, loss and survival.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Erin Moon narrates the story of Yolandi…Using a world-weary voice, Moon draws listeners into this world.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Boston Globe Pick for Best in Fiction for 2014
  • A New Republic Best Book of 2014 in Fiction

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.