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All My Puny Sorrows

by Miriam Toews

Elfrieda is beloved, talented, beautiful and she just wants to die. Told by Elf's younger sister, this is a poignant, often bitingly funny and never sentimental exploration of the effects of frail mental health. Highly recommended.

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Then we sang a hymn, 'From Whom All Blessings Flow'. Mennonites like to sing in tense situations. It's one option if you're not allowed to scream or go nuts emptying a magazine into a crowded plaza.

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