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Women talking : a novel

Author: Miriam Toews
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: FICTION / Literary
Fiction
Psychological fiction
Suspense fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam Toews
ISBN: 9781635572582 1635572584 9781635574241 1635574242
OCLC Number: 1090059949
Description: 216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Miriam Toews.

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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.--

For the past two years women and girls in a Mennonite colony has been repeatedly violated in the night by "demons" coming to punish them for their sins. Now the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community. Determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm, the women meet 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, unable even to speak the language of the country they live in-- must choose: Stay in the only world they've ever known, or dare to escape? -- adapted from publisher info.

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