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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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Winner of the 1996 John Hirsch Award for the Most Promising Manitoba Writer

Shortlisted for the 1997  Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

By the author of Swing Low, readers are welcomed to Have-a-Life welfare housing project (better known as Half-a-Life). The welfare regulations are endless and the rat-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.

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.


“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

“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

“The author of A Complicated Kindness and A Boy of Good Breeding offers another memorable portrait of a struggling young person who finds unexpected resilience and peace… readers will return to the hilarious, heartbreaking dialogue and the poignant questions about finding love, making a life, and discovering how stories and secrets impact others.” —Booklist

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