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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,743 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: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436185585
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Winner of the Governor’s General Award for fiction, Miriam Toews writes literary novels that are amusing and full of surprising turns. In this quixotic tale, the Troutmans are a troubled family facing serious change. With their mother remitted to a mental hospital, young Logan and Thebes are joined by their aunt for a cross-country trip to find their father. Along the way, each comes to realize something unexpected about the family.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 2/19/2014

    " This is kind of an odd, sweet, occasionally disturbing book. It reminds me a bit of the Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Very interesting characters, particularly the children. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/14/2014

    " Love this book so far. Memorable characters and an interesting twist on the archetypal journey. A must read for those who appreciate characters that are somewhat "defective". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia | 1/21/2014

    " Very Funny!! I read the pre-edited copy from work and it is funny. I was going to share it, but there were so many good parts, I had to mark them and make the book my own. I wonder how the published one differs?? Amazing how serious insanity and family disfunction can still be so damn funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill B | 1/15/2014

    " I was sooooo disappointed by this one. To be honest, I still haven't finished it. I will one day bc I'm still hopeful that it will turn around. Just not doing a thing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this journey with the dis functional family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/5/2014

    " Thebes, Logan, Min and Hattie are hard characters to shake even after having read this book months ago. Even more than Toews' eccentric characters, I enjoyed Hattie's inner dialogue which gave voice to her thoughts about her sister, Min, and why she is the way she is. Anyone who has loved someone with mental illness or addictions will appreciate the truth that resonates in Hattie's thoughts. However, the ending left me with more questions than answers and the overall plot was a bit flimsy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 12/30/2013

    " I didn't like this one as much as A Complicated Kindness. I wish I had taken more time to enjoy the banter/dialogue between the characters (which was probably the only real redeeming factor) - instead I kept waiting for the plot to go somewhere which it didn't. Funny if you go into it expecting nothing more. (some of my bookclub girls did give it a thumbs up, so maybe it's just me!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. Big fan of Miriam Toews. Have read all her books and loved or liked them all and they are all really different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a different writing style as the author did not use quotation marks when the characters spoke. It was a great road trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Weber | 12/18/2013

    " These characters are unforgettable... quirky, relentlessly charming, yet I wouldn't know how to act around them if I had the occasion to meet them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/10/2013

    " This was funny for a book about a family dealing with severe mental illness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Basinger | 10/5/2013

    " Interesting journey with an unusual "family". I laughed out loud when the meaning of the title was revealed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magdalena | 3/24/2013

    " So, I loved it. It was loveable, funny, sad and thought provoking. Loved how it explored various relationships...and travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/31/2013

    " A really funny book, in a darkly light-hearted way! I loved the Thebes character! The author really captures the essence and language of family dysfunction, but it still has a hopeful edge to it and there are only rare moments of hopelessness. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Romina | 1/29/2013

    " I laughed and then I wept. This book captures the essence of family- dysfunctional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Marie | 8/30/2012

    " I love when people write without out using quotations marks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 6/11/2012

    " I kept thinking that this book had to get better. It didn't! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Mcafee | 4/15/2012

    " This book was above average -if you like quirky families and unorthodox interaction this would be an amusing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 4/13/2012

    " Crazy and yet at the same time utterly plausible and in so many ways totally familiar... Three cheers for hanging in there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 12/16/2011

    " unusual, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/25/2011

    " I really loved this book - didn't expect to as I had not liked her previous one much but this was well written and most entertaining about a disfunctional family on a road trip to find their father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/29/2011

    " This was a completely charming book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 4/9/2011

    " This one had a strong start but it really lost me as the story carried on and became more and more unbelievable. Not one of Miriam's best and I still have high hopes for her new release, Irma Voth, which I will buy as soon as it is available for my eReader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 4/6/2011

    " Like all Mianm Toews books it addresses the issue of mental health. While i can say I loved the story I would not say it lifted my spirits. Very touching story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preeti | 4/5/2011

    " Bitter sweet tale.. Wonderful personalities with quirky delightful humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nykea | 3/22/2011

    " I love Toews. This book has amazing children characters, I instantly fell in love with them.

    Tragic and hilarious, like all her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/21/2011

    " I really loved the characters and their relationships with each other. I will definitely read more books by Miriam Toews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/27/2011

    " Super funny characters! Just loved those precocious kids! Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/24/2011

    " Fun and quirky book with dark themes that made me giggle and tear up at various points. Toews writes incredible dialogue, especially for the two young characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 2/11/2011

    " I quite liked the quirky style of this - whatever about the characterisations being completely fantastical, I really enjoyed reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 2/4/2011

    " Not a style of writing I usually like, but the characters made up for it and I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 1/18/2011

    " Funny and with a great narrative voice. She might be the Canadian Lorrie Moore. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Erin Moon is a three-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner and a professional actor.