***Read full review at the New York Journal of Books/ https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/women-talking
Once in a while, you read a book that, though clearly labeled “fiction,” tells a story that really happened. The characters are people you could swear you know, even though the names are different. The events of the plot manage to surprise you, but that’s only because you had forgotten them, since, clearly, they couldn’t have happened any other way. Every word feels true as you forget you are reading and listen instead to the story being “retold” to you, wondering if the reason it feels so real is that you were there and this is, somehow, also your story. Such are the risks of reading Miriam Toews’ Women Talking. READ MORE HERE.