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Summer of My Amazing Luck

A Novel

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April 9, 2019 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 240 pages | ISBN 9781640091856
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“[A] memorable portrait of a struggling young person who finds unexpected resilience and peace . . . Hilarious, heartbreaking, and poignant.” —Booklist

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 Miriam Toews

MIRIAM TOEWS is the author of seven novels: All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth, and Women Talking, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

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

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