Miriam Toews





Miriam Toews

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born
in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
January 01, 1964

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Miriam Toews is a Canadian writer of Mennonite descent. She grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba and has lived in Montreal and London, before settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Toews studied at the University of Manitoba and the University of King's College in Halifax, and has also worked as a freelance newspaper and radio journalist. Her non-fiction book "Swing Low: A Life" was a memoir of her father, a victim of lifelong depression. Her 2004 novel "A Complicated Kindness" was her breakthrough work, spending over a year on the Canadian bestseller lists and winning the Governor General's Award for English Fiction. The novel, about a teenage girl who longs to escape her small Russian Mennonite town and hang out with Lou Reed in the slums of New York C
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“Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions.”
Miriam Toews, Swing Low

“Is it wrong to trust in a beautiful lie if it helps you get through life?”
Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness

“She was becoming sad. There is no joy involved in following others' expectations of yourself”
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