In a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia over 130 women were drugged and raped by the men of their community from 2005 to 2009. These men were arrested and in 2011, were convicted in court and received lengthy sentences.
The novel Women Talking by Miriam Toews, is the author’s imagined response of those women, giving them a voice. Miriam having grown up in a small Mennonite community in Manitoba, Canada was able to identify closely with these women and in one interview with theguarding.com she said, “she felt an obligation, a need, to write about these women.” Her first hand knowledge coming from her upbringing gives the reader rate insight into a life so different from the norm.
Miriam allows you to join these women in their hayloft meeting as they work through some of the hardest decisions they will make in their lives, questioning their faith, love and life as they know it.
As you join these women in their conversation, you will find yourself going through many feelings and questioning much of what you take for granted. Thankfully, Miriam has included some humour to help when dealing with such weighty subjects.
More to come.
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