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Southminster United Church15 Aylmer Ave.
7:00pm

Women Talking

with Miriam Toews
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas

Women Talking

with Miriam Toews
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
10
Monday
Sep
2018
7:00pm
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave.
Miriam Toews - Photo by Carol Loewen

Rhonda Douglas hosts an evening with Miriam Toews – the award-winning author of the bestselling novels All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness. Her latest novel, Women Talking, is a transformative and necessary work.

 

The sun rises on a quiet June morning in 2009. August Epp sits alone in the hayloft of a barn, anxiously bent over his notebook. He writes quickly, aware that his solitude will soon be broken. Eight women--ordinary grandmothers, mothers and teenagers; yet to August, each one extraordinary-- will climb the ladder into the loft, and the day's true task will begin. This task will be both simple and subversive: August, like the women, is a traditional Mennonite, and he has been asked to record a secret conversation.

 

Thus begins Miriam Toews' spellbinding novel. Gradually, as we hear the women's vivid voices console, tease, admonish, regale and debate each other, we piece together the reason for the gathering: they have forty-eight hours to make a life-altering choice on behalf of all the women and children in the colony. And like a vast night sky coming into view behind the bright sparks of their voices, we learn of the devastating events that have led to this moment.

 

Additional copies of the book will be available at the event.

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