Meet Miriam Toews
- April 9, 2019
The author of Women Talking comes to DC on Thurs., Apr. 11th, at 7PM!
In her stunning new novel Toews, the award-winning author of books including All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness, transforms the chilling events that unfolded in a Bolivian Mennonite community between 2005 and 2009 into the unforgettable and empowering story of the fictional Molotschna Colony. The colony’s women are illiterate and speak a medieval Plautdietsch, which limits their communication with the wider Spanish-speaking community. Worse, for several years they’ve been subjected to nightly beatings and rapes. Told they were being punished by demons, the women have learned that Molotschna’s men have been drugging and assaulting them. As the story opens, eight women meet to decide whether or not to leave the colony. Told nearly completely in dialogue, the narrative is a vivid tapestry of arguments, jokes, dreams, and insults as the characters claim their stories, their lives, and their future.
At Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC. Click here for info.