All my puny sorrows miriam toews on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a new york times 2015 holiday gift guide selection elf and yoli are sisters while on the surface elfriedas is an enviable life shes a world renowned pianist. All my puny sorrows is a tragedy that uses humor to convey a deep sense of humanity that a novel with suicide as a theme can be rich wi during a tearful eulogy at a funeral service a toddler boy wobbles up to the altar and begins to eat his great grandmothers ashes from the memorial urn. All my puny sorrows is the sixth novel by canadian writer miriam toewsthe novel won the 2014 rogers writers trust fiction prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 scotiabank giller prize the 2015 folio prize for literature and the 2015 wellcome book prizetoews has said that the novel draws heavily on the events leading up to the 2010 suicide of her sister marjorie. To her i pourd forth all my puny sorrows having rejected the mennonite tradition and its squad of perpetual disapprovers yoli and elf have feasted on a world of literature. All my puny sorrows is unsettling because how can a novel about suicide not be but 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 witha true friend
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