Fight Night

Fight Night : 'A Gem: humour and hope in the face of suffering' Observer

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'I doubt I'll read a better novel.' Big Issue
'Go Grandma Elvira!' Margaret Atwood
'Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.' The New Yorker
'Glorious.' Sarah Moss
'A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.' Glamour
'Miriam Toews is a genius.' R. O. Kwon
'As compelling and hilarious and indecently sad as life can be.' Financial Times
You are a small thing, and you must learn to fight.

Swiv has taken her grandmother's advice too literally. Now she's at home, suspended from school. Mom is pregnant and preoccupied - and so Swiv is in the older woman's charge, receiving a very different form of education from a teacher with a style all her own.

Grandma likes her stories fast, troublesome and funny. She's known the very worst that life can throw at you - and has met it every time with a wild, unnamable spirit, fighting for joy and independence every step of the way. But will maths lessons based on Amish jigsaws and classes on How to Dig a Winter Grave inspire the same fire in Swiv, and ensure it never goes out?

Time is running short. Grandma's health is failing, the baby is on the way, as a family of three extraordinary women prepare to face life's great changes together.

Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl's love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family's fighting spirit.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 19mm | 383g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571370713
  • 9780571370719
  • 4,830

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'Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.' The New Yorker

'The last book that made me cry.' JOSHUA FERRIS

'A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.' Glamour
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About Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews is the author of seven bestselling novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth, All My Puny Sorrows and Women Talking and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/ Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.
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Rating details

7,781 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 37% (2,881)
4 39% (3,065)
3 18% (1,408)
2 4% (329)
1 1% (98)
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