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A Boy of Good Breeding

A Novel

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March 14, 2006 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 248 Pages | ISBN 9781582433400
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"’s hard to read these charming tall tales and not root for the young Miriam Toews." —New York Times

From the acclaimed Giller Prize Finalist and Governor General’s Award Winner: a delightfully funny and charming second novel about Canada’s smallest town.

Life in Winnipeg didn’t go as planned for Knute and her daughter. But living back in Algren with her parents and working for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges: Knute finds herself mixed up with Hosea’s attempts to achieve his dream of meeting the Prime Minister—even if that means keeping the town’s population at an even 1500. Bringing to life small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters, A Boy of Good Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious novel about finding out where you belong.

MIRIAM TOEWS is the author of A Complicated Kindness, winner of the Governor General’s Award and finalist for the Giller Prize, A Boy of Good Breeding, and Swing Low: A Life. She has written for “This American Life,” and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


“…it’s hard to read these charming tall tales and not root for the young Miriam Toews.” —New York Times

“A sweet, funny novel full of memorable, picaresque characters and unexpected drama.” —Publishers Weekly

“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.” —Booklist

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