A Complicated Kindness
Author: Miriam Toews
About A Complicated Kindness: Sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel lives in the Mennonite community of East Village, Manitoba and she's not happy about it.
- ‘Fumbling Towards Empathy.’ Lisa Nuch Venbrux, PopMatters, 22 March 2005.
- “The great genius of Toews' meticulously designed narrative, however, is that all expectations are turned on their heads.”
- ‘Following Menno Home.’ Linda L. Richards, January Magazine, October 2004.
- “A Complicated Kindness is bittersweet, wise, tender, funny, sad and — most surprisingly — promisingly hopeful at its conclusion.”
- Paul M. Jessup, The Mumpsimus, 1 July 2005.
- “All in all Toews pulls together an unnerving tale, filled with the haunted melodies of longing and the brilliant sarcasm that enlightens our existence.”
- ‘Raves for Toews.’ Christopher Wiebe, Vue Weekly
- “...Toews's novel captures the herky-jerky swing between ennui and compulsiveness of adolescence.”
- Cathy Stonehouse, Straight.com, 17 June 2004.
- “A Complicated Kindness, at its core, is a depiction of the battle between hope and despair.”
- Eve Thomas, The Link (Concordia University), 7 December 2004.
- “Toews has managed to paint a portrait of a wryly apathetic teenage girl that is so real and intimate she makes Tom Wolfe's latest teenage exposť look like an anthropologist's field journal.”
- Chris, book-a-rama, 16 February 2008
- “This is a book I'll definitely read again, but not if I'm feeling really blue.”
- Bybee, Naked Without Books, 16 January 2008
- “Things happen very slowly, if at all. I like this kind of writing, but if you prefer more action, this might not be a book you'd enjoy.”
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Added 09 December 2005.
Updated 30 March 2013.