All my puny sorrows is a tragedy that uses humor to convey a deep sense of humanity that a novel with suicide as a theme can be rich wi during a tearful eulogy at a funeral service a toddler boy wobbles up to the altar and begins to eat his great grandmothers ashes from the memorial urn. All my puny sorrows miriam toews on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a new york times 2015 holiday gift guide selection elf and yoli are sisters while on the surface elfriedas is an enviable life shes a world renowned pianist. All my puny sorrows is the sixth novel by canadian writer miriam toews the novel won the 2014 rogers writers trust fiction prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 scotiabank giller prize the 2015 folio prize for literature and the 2015 wellcome book prize . And yet canadians have pushed all my puny sorrows up the bestseller list the novel was a finalist for the giller prize and last week it won the rogers writers trust fiction prize . All my puny sorrows is unsettling because how can a novel about suicide not be but 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 witha true friend
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