Miriam Toews with R.O. Kwon - Women Talking (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with R.O. Kwon

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel, Women Talking, uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

Miriam Toews is the author of six previous bestselling novels: All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

R.O. Kwon's nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Pick and Indies Introduce selection, and it was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The novel is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Paris Review, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, and elsewhere. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$24.00
ISBN: 9781635572582
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

National Bestseller