Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: A Complicated Kindness


I live with my father, Ray Nickel, that low brick bungalow out on highway number twelve. Blue shutters, brown door, one shattered window. Nothing great. The furniture keeps disappearing though. That keeps things interesting.

- p. 1

For Friday 56:  
I silently thank the disenfranchised kids from Detroit or St. Louis for providing some colour in my life. I've often wanted to send a message back to them. Nomi from Nowhere says hello.

- p. 56


About A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews: Nomi Nickel lives with her father, Ray, in East Village, a small Mennonite town in Manitoba. She dreams of escaping to the big city, but since her mother and sister left home, it's hard to imagine leaving her father behind. As she begins to piece together the story behind her mother's disappearance, she finds herself on a direct collision course with the town's minister. With fierce originality and brilliance, Miriam Toews takes us straight to the centre of Nomi's world and the complicated kindness at the heart of family life.

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8 comments

  1. Hi There,

    I have been following you on Twitter for some time now, however this is the first time I have linked up with your blog, thanks to Book Beginnings at RCR.

    The writing style of this author seems very descriptive, if those great first few lines are anything to go by. I am not certain that this would be a storyline for me, however when you start to realise just how many people live under a regime of fear, oppression and fundamentalism, it kind of makes me grateful for the life I have and on the whole, enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend,

    Yvonne.

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    1. I think I have been a lurker on your blog, Yvonne ;) Honestly, this is one of the saddest stories I've read in a very long time. I hope you find some time to read it .... very eyeopening!

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  2. Sounds interesting. I hope you are enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  3. Oh, this one does look tempting...and I am curious about the disappearing furniture!

    Here's mine: “CANCEL THE WEDDING”


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  4. I love the description of that bungalow.

    Disappearing furniture sounds fun too.

    ENJOY your weekend, and thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. Now you're going to want to read this, right Nyze? ;)

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  6. Can't help but wonder where the furniture is going... lol
    Sounds like an interesting story.
    Happy weekend!

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