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A Complicated Kindness
by: Miriam Toews
Defended by: John K. Samson

Miriam Toews's third novel won the hearts of critics and readers alike, thanks in part to its protagonist, 16-year-old Nomi Nickel. Her dream is to party with rock stars in New York City but she's stuck in her Mennonite hometown, where narrow-mindedness rules and everything fun is forbidden. As she struggles to cope with the sudden departures of her sister and her mother, the rebellious teen begins to spiral out of control. Both funny and heartrending, Nomi's account of her experiences is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories in CanLit.

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Miriam Toews
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John K. Samson
 
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