Short Review (A-Z Wednesday): The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A-Z Wednesday

This is a meme hosted at Reading at the Beach. To join, here's all you have to do: Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week. Post:
    1~ a photo of the book

    2~ title and synopsis
    3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)

The letter for this week is F. I chose The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, which I read in November 2009. This was my first book by the author, and is quite a quick read at just 274 pages. I gave it 5 stars. This book is one of my favorites from last year. Here's a synopsis, from the back of the book:

A novel that is at once hilarious and heartrending, The Flying Troutmans is about a family on the verge of spinning off its axles and a road trip that just may keep it together.

When Hattie receives an SOS call in Paris from her eleven-year-old niece, the decision to return to Canada is slam-dunk easy, because she’s just been dumped by her boyfriend. But when she arrives back, her sister, Min, is on her way to the psychiatric ward, and Hattie is left to take care of Min’s children, Thebes and Logan. When she realizes that this may become a permanent arrangement, Hattie hatches a plan. Without much more than an old address to go on, the three of them set off on a wild road trip to find the kids’ long-lost father.


Here's the review I posted on Goodreads:

Not the kind of book I would expect to be a 5-star read. But then, there's not any flaw in it, and its beauty lies in its simplicity.

Here's a group of freaks from page one to last page, come together to create a riotous comedy! I could so easily relate to every character in this book, because they seemed so dysfunctional that they appeared as normal as any of us. None of the characters are glossed over or passed around as "heroes" or as having mainly normal characteristics.

There's Thebie, who just keeps talking on and on, jumping from topic to topic rapidly. She is such a darling, and reminds me of any other 11-year old girl, who has an opinion on everything, reads a lot of things and insists on sharing that knowledge with people around her. She is a girl who immediately bonds with just about anyone.

Then there's Logan, the 15-year old boy who is always in the "wrong" crowd and then gets suspended from school. He doesn't want to be with his sister and aunt, and yet he wants to, as well. He wants to be like any normal teenager, with normal problems, with girlfriends, with lots of friends, and so on.

Then there's Hattie, who doesn't want to look after these kids, and all along convinces herself to give the kids to their father, but along the journey, she falls in love with the kids, and it's so touching when you notice that happening.

If I had to choose my favorite character here, I would say Thebie, but I definitely enjoyed the other two characters as well.

I truly enjoyed the ride the three undertook and all their problems and arguments and conversations. I totally recommend this book.


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8 comments:

Nise' said...

Sounds like this would make a good movies as well.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I love books about crazy, dysfunctional families...LOL.

Here's mine:

http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2010/03/z-wednesday.html

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Whoa. This sounds amazing. Excellent choice. Not my normal read but I'm anxious to see what you think. I love the cover.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check into this one. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

jlshall said...

This one sounds really good. I'll have to give it a closer look. Thanks for the review.

Irene said...

Sounds great.

Yvonne said...

This sounds really good.

CeeCee said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!