Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 252 pages, 3.11 × 2.06 × 0.27 in
Published: April 26, 2005
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676977197
ISBN - 13: 9780676977196
Read from the Book
one Algren was Canada’s smallest town. It really was. Canada’s Smallest Town. It said so on a big old billboard right outside the town limits and Knute had checked with one of those government offices in the blue pages and they said fifteen hundred is what you need for a town. And that’s what Algren had. If it had one less it would be a village and if it had just one more it would be a bigger town. Like all the rest of the small towns. Being the smallest was its claim to fame. Knute had come to Algren, from the city of Winnipeg, to look after her dad who’d had a heart attack. And to relieve her mom who said if she spent one more day in the house she’d go insane. She was twenty-four years old. Her mother, Dory, had intended her name to be pronounced “Noot uh,” but nobody got it so it became just Knute, like “Noot.” Even her mom had given up on the “uh” part but did from time to time call her Knutie or sometimes, and she hated this, Knuter. Knute had a daughter, Summer Feelin’, and Summer Feelin’ had a strange way of shaking when she was excited. She flapped her arms, and her fingers moved quickly as though she were typing to save her life, and sometimes her head went back and her mouth opened wide and sounds like aaah and uh-uh-uh came out of it. When she first started doing it, Knute thought it was cute. Summer Feelin’ looked like she’d lift right off the ground. But then Knute started w
From the Publisher
From the acclaimed Giller Prize Finalist and Governor General's
Award Winner: a delightfully funny and charming second novel about
Canada's smallest town.
Life in Winnipeg didn't go as planned for Knute and her daughter.
But living back in Algren with her parents and working for the
longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges: Knute finds
herself mixed up with Hosea's attempts to achieve his dream of
meeting the Prime Minister - even if that
means keeping the town's population at an even 1500. Bringing to
life small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters,
A Boy of Good Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious
novel about finding out where you belong.
About the Author
Miriam Toews (pronounced tâves) was born in 1964 in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba. She left Steinbach at 18, living in Montreal and London and touring Europe before coming back to Manitoba, where she earned her B.A. in film studies at the University of Manitoba. Later she packed up with her children and partner and moved to Halifax to attend the University of King’s College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. Upon returning to Winnipeg with her family in 1991, she freelanced at the CBC, making radio documentaries. When her youngest daughter started nursery school, Toews decided it was time to try writing a novel. Miriam Toews’s first novel, Summer of My Amazing Luck , was published in 1996; it was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and won the John Hirsch Award. Published two years later, her second novel, A Boy of Good Breeding , won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. She is also the author of Swing Low: A Life , a memoir of her father who committed suicide in 1998 after a lifelong struggle with manic depression. Swing Low won both the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. Toews has written for the CBC, This American Life (on National Public Radio), Saturday Night , Geist , Canadian Geographic , Open Letters and The New York Times Magazine , and has won the National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Humour. Toews’s thi
"A Boy of Good Breeding caught me at the throat,
made me laugh and weep with sad-sweet joy …. [The characters ] get
under your skin, and finally, it seems, into your very blood, where
they quicken the heart ….Tonic for the spirit: a charming, deeply
moving, unerringly human story, perfectly shaped and beautifully
-The Globe and Mail
"Reading [Toews ] is like climbing into a fizzy bath of lunatic
humour ….Buried in the mysteries of parenthood, love and death are
at least a couple of home truths."
"This is a lovely book; each character is a real person, fully
realized ….But you'll have to read A Boy of Good
Breeding for yourself, to be moved by the story's
unfolding to a resolution that promises much; Toews has given us a
novel that lets us write her characters' futures."
-Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal