The Flying Troutmans
First up: the voice. A kind of early Tom Robbins whimsy desc...more
as you can imagine i was intrigued on account of what can this little canadian romp of a book possibly have in common with salvage the bones which is dead serious and sultry and racked with tragedy and so...more
Now, it’s possible.
The characters, the storyline, the writing, the dialog all comes together so that every word is necessary and there aren’t any to spare. It is just perfect.
Hattie is on a road trip with her 15 year-old nephew, Logan and 11 year-old niece, Thebes. The kids’ mother, Min, is mentally ill a...more
This is another top notch delight in an increasingly brilliant career. The best thing about MT's writing is that it manages to be both cool and heartbreakingly sweet. The dialogue is the best thing out of Canada since the movie "Highway 61" and the characters are complex and deeply felt. I am going to marry this book. We will be registered at Macy's.
This book is hilarious but also hits you where it counts. Here's a little taste, after the narrator Hattie has been picked up from the airport by her (underage) nephew Logan and niece Thebes:
"Logan ended up driving back to their house because I didn't know how to tell him not to and because he hadn't seemed interested in relinquishing control of the wheel an...more
- from The Flying Troutmans
Let's make an analogy between books and buildings. S...more
Hattie will probably spend years caring for her sister and children and will probably not have a life of her own for a long time.. that's what the book seems to predic...more
"Yeah, so things have fallen apart. A few weeks ago I got a collect call from my niece, Thebes, in the middle of the night, asking me to please come back to help with Min. She told me she'd been trying to take care of things but it wasn't working any more. Min was stranded in her bed, hooked on blue topedoes and convinced that a million silve...more
“Min was stranded in her bed, hooked on the blue torpedoes and convinced that a million silver cars were closing in on her (I didn’t know what Thebes meant either), Logan was in trouble at school, something about the disturbing stories he was writing, Thebes was pretending to be Min on the phone with his principal, the house was crumbling aroun...more
All that said, I did not dislike this book. It was well-written. Still not my taste, and I disliked Thebes all the way to the end, but the narrator and...more
The Plot: Hattie is living in Paris, newly dumped, when she gets the call that her older sister Min needs to be checked into a psychiatric hospital - again. Hattie hops the next plane home to Winnipeg to take care of Min's kids, silently distur...more
The characters Toews had created were all unique in their own different ways. Each character’s real personalities weren’t shown in the beginning of the book, but were later on slowly revealed in...more
“Help me to die.
-Min and Hattie Troutman
The Flying Troutmans is a novel about choices and sacrifice. Hattie Troutman, the protagonist, chooses to leave her job and her boyfriend in Paris to come home to Winnipeg and take care of her depressed sister, Min, and her children, Logan and Thebes, when Min has to go to a psychiatric hospital. Hattie and the kids sacrifice much for Min, because they love her. Hattie takes Logan and Thebes on a road trip through the US to find their father,...more
Summary: Hattie in Paris, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, receives an urgent message from her niece in Manitoba to come home quickly. Hattie's sister Min is in a deep depression and needs to go into the hospital again and when Hattie arrives she finds the kids in a state. Teenage Logan retreats into his hoodie all the time, rarely speaks and the neighbors have a backyard full of hatchets. Thebes, on the other hand...more
"Meet the Troutmans. The impetuous Hattie has just been dumped by her Paris boyfriend; her sister, Min, is going throug...more
I loved riding in the car with these characters. They are funny, and fun. The teenage Troutman, his little sister, and their emotionally unprepared aunt are bearing up well under sad circumstances, namely the cyclical, debilitating depression of the kids' mother, who is recently hospitalized and unable to reme...more
It is about a woman, Hattie, who comes home from Paris after her boyfriend dumps her. She has come to take care of her sister, niece and nephew when the sister, Min, is hospitalized for the depression that has plagued her throughout...more
Hattie lacks life direction and does a brilliant, unsentimental job of relaying her self-doubts to the reader. Logan struggles with his mother Min's sickness and his responsibility for his y...more
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 vi...more