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A life-affirming romp through death in 'All My Puny Sorrows'
A life-affirming romp through death in 'All My Puny Sorrows'

"All My Puny Sorrows" is a novel about suicide, a 320-page contemplation of the point of human existence that asks why we bother slogging through our inevitable suffering when we have the choice to end it all. The book contains little plot, an abundance of obscure poetry and the untimely death of three protagonists. Sounds tedious, yes? But somehow it's not. Instead, thanks to the prodigious talent of author Miriam Toews, "All My Puny Sorrows" is an off-kilter, frequently funny and begrudgingly life-affirming romp through, well, death. The story, to extent to which there is one, is about the relationship between sisters Yolandi and Elfreida Von Riesen, the...

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