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A beautifully written, intriguing, enjoyable, thought provoking book.
on 7 June 2015
So, you're sisters, you grow up together. You're close. You share everything. You're honest with each other. You'll do everything you possibly can for each other. And then your sister asks you to help her commit suicide as, continuing living, is so terribly painful. Ah. Now, That's something different. Or is it?
Elf and Yoli are sisters brought up in a Mennonite community although their parents are rather forward thinking. They support Elf with her musical career and she becomes a classical pianist. Yoli is a bit more staid/stable perhaps; relationships, children. They remain amazingly close. Their father commits suicide (that's a very small part of the story, just mentioned) and mum and, her sister and wider family, are also part of the story but the main characters are the sisters.
Elf ends up admitted to hospital, yet again, having tried to take her own life. She's desperate; she can't bare the pain of carrying on living and asks Yoli to help her end her life.
This is a beautifully written book. It's one of those books that I couldn't wait to read the next chapter and yet, now I've made it to the end, I'm sad that it's over.
It makes you laugh, if makes you cry (well, I did anyway) and you feel that you get to know the sisters but also the rest of the family too.
A wonderfully written book and an amazing read. I will have to explore more of Miriam Toews' books.