Women Talking

Women Talking

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 o One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of the...

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Title:Women Talking
Author:Miriam Toews
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Women Talking
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

Women Talking Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 28, 2019
    Based on a real life event, Miriam Toews writes about how the women of a Mennonite community deal with the uncovering of ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of the men in their own community. Do they stay? Do they forgive? I love Toews and her novel All My Puny Sorrows was an amazing...
  • Kevin
    Nov 04, 2018
    Toews, one of my all-time favorite writers, often takes on real-life experiences of her own in her novels, but this time she fictions up a true story about women in a Mennonite colony who were being drugged and abused in the recent past. The limitations of these women's options are esp...
  • jo
    Jan 07, 2019
    This is a daring thing to say, but I think this is Toews' best book to date. Which is says something! Review to come. REVIEW This is one of the best books I have ever read. Its heart is so big, it covers the surface of the earth. Toews' contribution to the #metoo moment f...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 11, 2019
    The women in this book have been dealt a hand of crappy cards. AND I MEAN *CRAPPY*!!!!! The women need to talk. With only 2 days free until the men in their community return - ( its their intension to bring back the lovely rapists who have been in jail to give them back their RAPI...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Mar 18, 2019
    #MeToo on steroids! (#ChurchToo as well!) This novel is a reaction through fiction to actual events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in an isolated community of conservative Mennonites located in Bolivia. Mennonite women in the colony reported being raped in their sleep. The victims...
  • Ron Charles
    Apr 02, 2019
    The true crime at the center of Miriam Toews?s novel ?Women Talking? is unspeakable. It sounds like something from the Middle Ages or a dystopia by Margaret Atwood. But, in fact, these horrors took place only a decade ago in the Manitoba Mennonite colony in Bolivia. For severa...
  • Jennifer
    Sep 18, 2018
    i am a huge fan of miriam toews' writing. this novel was probably my most anticipated read for 2018. which means my expectations were sky-high, even with my effort to keep it all in check. for now, i am still mulling over my reaction and feelings about the book, but wanted to get somet...
  • Esil
    Dec 31, 2018
    4+ stars Women Talking is not perfect but it is very powerful and well worth reading. Miriam Toews announces at the beginning that the book is based on true events in Bolivia, where a number of Mennonite women were raped and abused by a group of men in their community. Women Talking...
  • Ariadne
    Jul 24, 2018
    This book might be the perfect book club read for 2019. There is plenty to chew on and discuss within this slender volume. The bulk of the story is one long conversation that takes place over the course of two days - the women of an isolated Mennonite colony have been brutally sexually...
  • Liz
    Mar 12, 2019
    This book almost reads like a science fiction novel, like some distant cousin of A Handmaid's Tale, until you remember it is based on a true story. A sect of Mennonites live in a distant part of Bolivia, speaking their own language and rarely in contact with the outside world. When it'...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 30, 2018
    I had to stop And think for a little more than a day on what my rating of this would be, had to separate my feelinges so I could judge what Toews has accomplished by writing this book. Quite frankly, this book made me so angry for the women in this Mennonite enclosed colony in Bolivia....
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 23, 2019
    I started this book on faith after hearing so many people deeply loved it. I skipped it initially, the thought of a book about so much trauma was distasteful, it seemed like it would hurt too much. Then when I started it, for the first hour or so I wasn't exactly sure of what it was. I...
  • Emily May
    Dec 26, 2018
    I have done what the verse from Philippians instructed, which is to think about what is good, what is just, what is pure, and what is excellent. And I have arrived at an answer: pacifism. I don't understand all the starred reviews for this book. Perhaps Women Talking works better...
  • Angela M
    Dec 30, 2018
    In the loft of a barn, the women of a Mennonite community in Bolivia meet to talk about what they should do, how they could move forward to protect themselves and their daughters from more of the vicious rapes they have endured as they were drugged in the middle of the night. I would...
  • Krista
    Aug 30, 2018
    Earnest puts his head on her shoulder and she smooths his wild, white hair. He asks if the women are devils. No, says Agata, we are your friends. He asks if the women are plotting to burn down his barn. No, Ernie, says Agata, there's no plot, we're only women talking. As au...
  • Debra
    Dec 09, 2018
    "In 2011, eight men belonging to the Manitoba Mennonite Colony were convicted of a series of sexual assaults committed from 2005 to 2009. Prior to the discovery, the rapes had been attributed to a ghost or demon. The victims were reported to be between the ages of 3 and 65. The offende...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Apr 07, 2019
    This ?reaction through fiction? and ?act of female imagination? to real-life mass rapes that took place between 2005-2009 in a Mennonite community in Bolivia absolutely blew me away! I know many readers have questioned the choice of a male-narrator to tell this story, though...
  • Felicia
    Oct 12, 2018
    I don't know how this book got published. A fictitious account of actual events, a dark and disturbing subject with a plethora of 4 and 5 star reviews. What could go wrong? Well, in the case of this book, everything. The entire book is spelled out in the description. Eight Mennon...
  • Lola
    Aug 16, 2018
    This is, without a single doubt, the most important book I have read all year. The women have three options they can choose from, but they can choose only one. 1. Do nothing. 2. Stay and fight. 3. Leave. But perhaps one is enough. Perhaps that one option can open multiple othe...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Apr 01, 2019
    Thank you so much Bloomsbury for my free copy! Miriam Toews? WOMEN TALKING is a unique novel, none like any I have ever read. I was enraptured the entire time reading it and have not stopped thinking of it since. The style is so original as the entire book is a discussion that tak...
  • Vanessa
    Mar 27, 2019
    I often like to think how far Feminism has come but this book clearly shows we haven?t. Not even close. I?m suffering reading this, imagine how it is for the women in this town! These poor poor women. Based on factual events this is a fictional account and a very uniquely writ...
  • Eric Anderson
    Dec 19, 2018
    In 2011, news broke worldwide about eight men belonging to a Mennonite Colony in Bolivia being convicted of a series of sexual assaults committed over several years. Over 130 girls and women had been knocked unconscious using an animal tranquilizer and raped by these men. The horror of...
  • Jenna
    Jan 23, 2018
    I don't really know how to review this book. I feel like if I try I will start crying - from sadness or rage. I wish we didn't live in a world where we need this book but oh my god how I needed to read this book. It broke my heart and made me feel like I wasn't alone in my anger. I...
  • Marjorie
    Jan 20, 2019
    This book is based on a real-life event, which makes it all the more shocking. Between 2005 and 2009, hundreds of girls and women were raped by eight men from the Mennonite colony they were all part of. The men used an animal anesthetic to knock out their victims and then raped them. A...
  • Michelle
    Feb 27, 2019
    4.5 stars I first heard about Women Talking from Russell on Ink and Paper blog. It is a story about a group of Mennonite women who come together after they discover that their nightly attacks have been committed by men that they call family and friend. While the other men have gone ...
  • emma
    Jan 24, 2019
    the fact that this two hundred-page book took me 2 weeks to read is basically a review in and of itself. I really wanted to like this book, which is based on a true story so horrifying and unbelievable and real that it would be ridiculous if it were never fictionalized. but I just c...
  • Juli
    Mar 05, 2019
    As a former victim of domestic violence and sexual assault, this book was a rough, but powerful, read for me. The author states that the story is loosely based on truth. Over a period of four years, more than 100 women and children were sexually assaulted in a Mennonite community in Bo...
  • Kathleen
    Apr 27, 2019
    WOMEN TALKING is the first book by Miriam Toews that I have read. The following quote is from the beginning of the book, before the story begins. "A Note On The Novel Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia named the Manitoba Colony...many girls and women wo...
  • Meike
    May 23, 2019
    "Women Talking" is based on a true incident: In the Manitoba Mennonite colony in Bolivia, many women and girls have repeatedly been knocked unconscious with a veterinary anesthetic in order to rape them - for several years, they have been gaslighted into thinking that evil spirits were...
  • Sarah
    Jun 12, 2018
    Beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful, stunning. This book had it all. A heavy read but I enjoyed it immensely and I definitely recommend everyone read it when it comes out on August 21st. ...