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Fiction Coming Of Age

Summer of My Amazing Luck

A Novel

by (author) Miriam Toews

Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Coming of Age, Urban Life, Political
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2006
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $16.95 USD

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"[A] memorable portrait of a struggling young person who finds unexpected resilience and peace . . . Hilarious, heartbreaking, and poignant." —Booklist
From the author of Women Talking—now an Academy Award-winning film starring Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Frances McDormand, and Jessie Buckley

Miriam Toews welcomes her readers to the Have–a–Life housing project (better known as Half–a–Life). The welfare regulations are endless and the rate–fink neighbors won't mind their own business. Lucy Von Alstyne sends fictitious letters to her friend Alicia, pretending to be the father of Alicia's twins. When the two mothers and their five children set off on a journey to find him, facing along the way the complications of living in poverty and raising fatherless children, Lucy discovers this just may be the summer of her amazing luck.

About the author

Miriam Toews is the author of two previous award-winning novels, Summer of My Amazing Luck and A Boy of Good Breeding, as well as the memoir Swing Low: A Life. She contributes frequently to CBC Radio, National Public Radio, and the New York Times Magazine, and has received a gold medal in the National Magazine Awards for humour.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Summer of My Amazing Luck

"A picaresque account of two welfare moms having loopy adventures and getting by in the city . . . The novel’s voice [is] amused, warm, curious, alive on the page." —Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

"A comic take on what initially appears a most improbable topic for humour . . . it works." —The Globe and Mail

"Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness (2004), offers a mellow summer interlude that allows readers to revel in the not–so–simple pleasures of small–town life, and consider what matters most." —Danise Hoover, Booklist

"The novel offers a humorous look at the absurdities of the Canadian welfare system while unwinding the intricacies of a sticky–sweet friendship." —Publishers Weekly

User Reviews

Great read with some laughs

Lucy and Lish are certainly an entertaining bunch of single moms who live at Half-a-Life. Follow Lucy as she tries to figure out her baby-daddy, how she feels/deals about her mother's death and trying to bring funny into her life. So much gloom, but has its silver-lining. See where they end up.

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