Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

Meet the Troutmans.
Hattie is living in Paris, city of romance, but has just been dumped by her boyfriend. Min, her sister back in Canada, is going through a particularly dark period. And Min’s two kids, Logan and Thebes, are not talking and talking way too much, respectively. So when Hattie receives a phone call in the middle of the night from eleven-year-old Thebes, begging her to return to Canada and help sort out their family, she knows she has to go. When she arrives home, Min is on her way to a psychiatric ward, and Hattie becomes responsible for her niece and nephew. She quickly realises that she is way out of her depth, and hatches a plan to find the kids’ long-lost father. With only the most tenuous lead to go on, she piles Logan and Thebes into the family van, and they head south.
Absolutely loved this! Hilarious and tragic at the same time. I have read some other reviews of this online and some were not kind and others were full of praise - so I guess it is one of those books that really divides readers. If you liked the movie "Little Miss Sunshine" I think you'll like this book.
Rating - I give this 4/5 GREAT!!
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Reviewed by Sarah @ Hamilton library

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