Sunday, 19 July 2009

Canadian Fiction

Finished July 18
The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
Hattie has returned from her life in Paris to help her sister out yet again. Min has a history of mental illness and Hattie has helped out when necessary all their lives. Min is sinking into a depression and Hattie comes to help with her niece and nephew, 11-year-old Thebes and 15-year-old Logan. When Min is hospitalized and pushes her family away, Hattie decides the best thing to do would be to go on a road trip to find the kids' dad Cherkis. As they drive around the U.S. following Cherkis' trail and encountering interesting people, Hattie thinks on her own life and whether it is what she wants, or whether she has just been running away. Logan has had too much responsibility at a young age, as Hattie had. Thebes is very quirky and yet is good at bringing everyone together.
This book is both an internal and an external quest for Hattie, and she doesn't get any easy answers. The characters are drawn well and come to life here and as a reader, I got a sense of their emotions. The children are particularly well done, complex and very interesting.
I really enjoyed this book.

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