Mini Review: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

This was a lovely coming of age novel. It had a very interesting narrator, this teenager called Nomi (Toews is all about weird names in her novels) who’s growing up in a weird, tiny religious town. She had a very interesting voice and even though I couldn’t really relate to her I liked her and wanted her to find happiness and freedom and peace of mind.

I found the bits about the Mennonite community very interesting as it was something I was barely aware of and certainly hadn’t read about before. Towes does a very good job in showing the reader just how trapped and isolated one could feel in a small town.

A nice passage:

Heaven is always calm, with no wind. She said other stuff but I didn’t really understand it. I understood there was no wind in heaven. That’s partly why I love the wind that blows around in this town. It makes me feel like I’m in the world.

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2 Responses to Mini Review: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

  1. This reminds me of the author that got me through my teenage years, Judy Blume! Ahh, I wonder how I’d feel reading them over..?

    • bookworm says:

      I love coming-of-age stories. I find that they are as lovely to reread as they were the first time around so I think you should definitely revisit your favourite Judy Blume books!

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