A Boy of Good Breeding
By (author) Miriam Toews
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Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews
Book DescriptionWhen life in Winnipeg does not go as planned, Knute Corea-McCloud returns to her parents' home in tiny Algren, Manitoba, with her daughter, Summer Feelin', and takes a job with longtime mayor Hosea Funk, who dreams of meeting the Prime Minister and of uncovering the truth about his parentage, in a whimsical tale of small-town Canadian life. Origina
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781582433400
(202mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Miriam Toews
Complicated Kindness, Paperback (July 2015)
Sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel longs to hang out with Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull in New York City's East Village. Instead she's trapped in East Village, Manitoba: a town with no train station, no bar, and where job prospects consist of slaughtering chickens at the Happy Family Farms abattoir.
Swing Low, Paperback (August 2013)
One morning Mel Toews put on his coat and hat and walked out of town, prepared to die. A loving husband and father, faithful member of the Mennonite church, and immensely popular schoolteacher, he was a pillar of his close-knit community. Yet after a lifetime of struggle, he could no longer face the darkness of manic depression.
Irma Voth, Paperback (April 2012)» View all books by Miriam Toews
The stifling, reclusive life of nineteen-year-old Irma Voth, recently married, and more recently deserted is turned on its head when a film crew moves in to make a movie about the strict religious community, in which she lives. She clashes with her domineering father over her work as a translator for the crew.
US Kirkus Review » A charming novel by Canadian author Toews (A Complicated Kindness, 2004) reveals what it's like to live in the smallest town in Canada. Hosea Funk is the mayor of Algren, Manitoba, and proud to represent Canada's smallest town, although (considering the relentless births and deaths) the population is constantly fluctuating. Canada's prime minister, John Baert, has written a letter to Hosea notifying him of an official congratulatory visit on July 1-as the son of a single teenaged mother who passed off his birth as a miraculous nighttime encounter with a man on a horse, Hosea is convinced that the prime minister is his father and plans to tell him so. Meanwhile, Algren has new residents in the form of 24-year-old single mom Knute and her three-year-old daughter, Summer Feelin', who has a curious way of flapping her arms like a bird when she's excited. The childlike mother and daughter are invited back home to stay with Knute's mother, Dory, who is at her wit's end taking care of her incommunicative husband, Tom, who's been debilitated by a stroke. While Hosea is tearing out his hair with news of the birth of Veronica Epp's triplets, he is also head-over-heels in love with Winnipeg divorcee Lorna Garden, but too emotionally stilted to tell her, and she's growing restive by their long-distance romance. Also, goodhearted, clueless Hosea offers Knute a sinecure in the mayor's office, answering phones and smoking cigarettes while perched on the windowsill. Eventually, Summer Feelin's father-the incorrigible Max, son of the noisy rich alcoholic Combine Jo-comes back to town, and all is soon forgiven since nothing ever changes in this town. An earnest, sweet-tempered narrative. (Kirkus Reviews)
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