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Elf and Yoli are sisters. On the surface, Elfrieda’s life is enviable: she is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married. Yolandi’s life is a mess: she’s divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly. But raised in a Mennonite household, the sisters are fiercely close—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.

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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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