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Women Talking

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
"This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale." Margaret Atwood, on Twitter

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women-all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in-have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the "minutes? of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Miriam Toews's Women Talking is a flawless, ferocious work of art. I have yet to read a more scathing indictment of patriarchal violence, or a more illuminating quest to comprehend the most vital contours of the human experience: what is agency, what is meaning, what is justice, what is love. This is the kind of novel that changes you. Get ready." - Laura van den Berg

"Women Talking is an astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I've read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come." - Lauren Groff

"Irresistible . . . its intelligence, its honesty and, above all, its compassion provide a kind of existential balm--a comfort not unlike the sort you might find by opening a bottle of wine and having a long conversation with (yes, really) a true friend." - Curtis Sittenfeld


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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Women Talking
Author(s): Miriam Toews
ISBN: 1-63557-258-4 / 978-1-63557-258-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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August 2018 : UK Hardback
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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Women Talking: A Novel
Author(s): Miriam Toews
ISBN: 0-7352-7396-0 / 978-0-7352-7396-2 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Women Talking
Author(s): Miriam Toews
ISBN: 0-571-34033-4 / 978-0-571-34033-0 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Women Talking
Author(s): Miriam Toews
ISBN: 1-5288-1322-7 / 978-1-5288-1322-8
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Publisher: Knopf Canada
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April 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Women Talking
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August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Women Talking
Author(s): Miriam Toews
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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August 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Women Talking: A Novel
Author(s): Miriam Toews
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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