All My Puny Sorrows
Yoli is conflicted. Her sister Elf has battled depression for her whole adult life, and is in a psychiatric ward under permanent observation after attempting suicide – again. She has always looked up to her as her talented and beautiful older sister. She loves her with a fierce passion and wants to believe in the possibility of a future together, one in which Elf gets better. But it’s looking unlikely and Yoli has to decide if the person you love is tired of living, is it kinder just to let them go?
Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015
Sunday Times Top Choice Summer Read
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOVEL OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.
Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.
Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.
When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.
‘The novel she has written – so exquisitely that you’ll want to savour every word – reads as if it has been wrenched from her heart.’ Christina Patterson, Sunday Times
‘[Toews] has produced a masterly book of such precise dignity. It is, also against all the odds, at times a desperately humorous novel.’ Daily Mail
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