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A Complicated Kindness

by Miriam Toews
Narrated by Cara Pifko

Goose Lane Editions | February 28, 2005 | Audio Book (CD)

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What’s a teenaged rebel to do in a smug Mennonite community? If you’re 16-year-old Nomi Nickel — drive aimlessly around the countryside with your pot-smoking boyfriend. Rage against fate and a runaway mother for deserting you in the wrong “East Village.” And put off finishing that English assignment as long as your oddly attentive teacher will let you. Wise, edgy, and wickedly funny, Nomi has wooed thousands of readers with her bittersweet tale of adolescent angst — Mennonite-style — since A Complicated Kindness began climbing North American bestseller lists, appeared in People and O Magazine, and won Canada’s 2004 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In her droll, refreshing voice, Nomi tells the story of her eccentric, touching family as it falls apart, each member on a collision course with the only community they have ever known.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 2.22 × 1.94 × 0.37 in

Published: February 28, 2005

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864923279

ISBN - 13: 9780864923271

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A Complicated Kindness

by Miriam Toews
Narrated by Cara Pifko

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 2.22 × 1.94 × 0.37 in

Published: February 28, 2005

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864923279

ISBN - 13: 9780864923271

From the Publisher

What&#146s a teenaged rebel to do in a smug Mennonite community? If you&#146re 16-year-old Nomi Nickel &#151 drive aimlessly around the countryside with your pot-smoking boyfriend. Rage against fate and a runaway mother for deserting you in the wrong &#147East Village.&#148 And put off finishing that English assignment as long as your oddly attentive teacher will let you. Wise, edgy, and wickedly funny, Nomi has wooed thousands of readers with her bittersweet tale of adolescent angst &#151 Mennonite-style &#151 since A Complicated Kindness began climbing North American bestseller lists, appeared in People and O Magazine, and won Canada&#146s 2004 Governor General&#146s Award for Fiction. In her droll, refreshing voice, Nomi tells the story of her eccentric, touching family as it falls apart, each member on a collision course with the only community they have ever known.

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What Nomi Nickel needs most is a bus ticket out of town. For now, however, the rebellious 16-year-old is stuck living with her hapless father, Ray, in a bungalow in East Village &#151 not the hip one in New York City but a smug Mennonite community ruled by her pious uncle, &#147The Mouth.&#148 Nomi&#146s sister, Tash, left town a few years ago in her boyfriend&#146s truck. Soon afterwards, their mother, Trudie, disappeared. Now there&#146s nothing left but to piece together these mysterious defections and rage against the fundamentalist bullies. Wise, edgy, and wickedly funny, Nomi has wooed thousands of readers with her bittersweet tale of teenaged angst in Mennonite country. Cara Pifko&#146s narration strikes just the right note of childish bravado and wistful sarcasm.

About the Author

Miriam Toews is the author of two previous award-winning novels, Summer of My Amazing Luck and A Boy of Good Breeding, as well as the memoir Swing Low: A Life. She contributes frequently to CBC Radio, National Public Radio, and the New York Times Magazine, and has received a gold medal in the National Magazine Awards for humour.

Cara Pifko was recently nominated for a Gemini Award for her starring role as Alice in CBC TV&#146s popular series This is Wonderland.

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Pifko’s reading is perfectly delicious.
- The Globe and Mail
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