A Boy of Good Breeding: A Novel

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Counterpoint, 2006 - Fiction - 237 pages
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Life in Winnipeg didn't go as planned for Knute Corea-McCloud and her daughter, Summer Feelin'. But moving back in with her parents in Algren, Manitoba, and working for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges; Knute finds herself mixed up with Hosea's attempts to achieve his dream of meeting the Prime Minister-even if that means keeping the town's population at an even 1500. It's not an easy task, with citizens threatening to leave, Summer Feelin's father threatening to move back, Hosea's lady friend looking to move in, and one Algrenian on the verge of giving birth-to twins or possibly triplets. Hosea's search for his own roots takes us back to Algren's days as an outpost prairie town, when his mother, Euphemia, was seduced by a mysterious cowboy. Discovering the true identity of that cowboy fuels Hosea's many obsessions and just might reveal whether he is, indeed, a boy of good breeding. Miriam Toews's inimitable humor and her largerthan- life characters bring small-town Canada to life. 'A Boy of Good Breeding' is a big-hearted, hilarious novel about finding out where you belong.

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

Not her best work, I reckon. All Toews' stories seem to be about quirky and strange people and situations, but this one is just too far out in left field for me. Very little is 'believable' and ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A charming novel by Canadian author Toews (A Complicated Kindness, 2004) reveals what it's like to live in the smallest town in Canada.Hosea Funk is the mayor of Algren, Manitoba, and proud to ... Read full review

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Miriam Toews was born in 1964 in Canada. She is best known for her novels A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for body of work. She is also a two-time finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a two-time winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Toews had a leading role in the feature film Silent Light, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker, Carlos Reygadas and winner of the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize, an experience that influenced her fifth novel, Irma Voth.

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