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"This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale.†? --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter
One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.
While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women-all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in-have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?
Based on real events and told through the "minutes†? of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.
"An astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I've read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come." --Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Florida
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The real-life horror at the heart of Miriam Toews’ searing novel is nearly too painful to believe. Over the course of four years, eight men in a Mennonite colony in remote Bolivia drugged and raped hundreds of women and girls. In Women Talking, a small group of survivors gather in a barn on a summer morning to decide whether to flee the village. Toews brilliantly crafts this discussion—and its faithful transcription by the one man the women let into their midst. Women Talking is a forceful and timely look at power, religion, guilt, and redemption.