All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
From the bestselling author of Women Talking, a "wrenchingly honest, darkly funny novel" (Entertainment Weekly).
Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close-raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart while facing a profound question: what do you do for a loved one who truly wants to die?
All My Puny Sorrows is a deeply personal story that is as much comedy as it is tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.
“Irresistible… 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 with (yes, really) a true friend.” ―Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review
“In the crucible of [Miriam Toews'] genius, tears and laughter are ground into some magical elixir that seems like the essence of life.” ―Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“[A] wrenchingly honest, darkly funny novel. (Grade: A)” ―Entertainment Weekly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing