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:240 pages pages

Women Talking Reviews

  • Melinda Worfolk
    Oct 14, 2018
    In the Acknowledgements section of this beautifully written novel, Miriam Toews writes, ?I wish...to acknowledge the girls and women living in patriarchal, authoritarian (Mennonite and non-Mennonite) communities across the globe. Love and solidarity.? The book is fiction, but centr...
  • 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...
  • Liz Laurin
    Aug 04, 2018
    I honestly have no words to describe how this book made me feel. the scene where Agata is saying goodbye to her cousin is especially heartbreaking though I'm not sure why in a book with so much horror. just the amount of kindness that she shows him in suggesting the mint for his bath a...
  • 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...
  • Michael Livingston
    Nov 20, 2018
    A brilliant and sad book about patriarchy, solidarity and power. Toews uses the real story of a horrific series of rapes in in a Bolivian Mennonite community as a jumping off point, imagining a long conversation between 8 of the women in the community as they decide whether to leave or...
  • verbava
    Feb 05, 2019
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  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Sep 25, 2018
    Somewhere between 3-3.5 So much promise here - Toews presents a fictional retelling of the rape of over 100 Mennonite girls and women in a remote community in Bolivia - yet it doesn't quite live up to what it perhaps could have been. I think the choice to use a male narrator was an ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Bandit
    Oct 12, 2018
    If you don?t know much about Mennonites this book is going to be an education. A terrifying one, because despite the fact that it?s recognized as a religion, it operates very much like a cult. Although, like some religions, it treats women very much like substandard subservient sub...
  • 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...
  • Jennie Shaw
    Sep 04, 2018
    So good I can't even. Allllll the stars. Just read it. ...
  • Alex
    Sep 07, 2018
    3.5 Toews tells a haunting story of a Mennonite community rattled after several of the men in the community are arrested for drugging and sexually assaulting the women and girls. The story, ironically is told by a male narrator taking minutes for the Women as they deliberate their ...
  • 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...
  • Hannah Fenster
    Jul 30, 2018
    We are so lucky to have WOMEN TALKING, which offers a window into the intricate details of a women-centered decision-making process in a community that does not have a word for patriarchy. Toew?s brilliant blend of history with thematic relevance reminds us that this setting?which ...
  • Ylenia
    Feb 16, 2019
    3.5 ? I appreciated how the author took real events & created her own version of the story, in which the women sit down & have a conversation about their future BUT I'm not sure having a male narrator was a great idea. I understand why it had to be a man, but I still did n...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hanna
    Jul 10, 2018
    I have truly never read anything like this before. What a cool and creative concept of reading someone's time-keeping & translations from an outside perspective. The horror of this story is that it is loosely based on real events. It begs the question, what did the real women of th...
  • 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. ...
  • But_i_thought_
    Aug 02, 2018
    The premise of this book is probably one of the most fascinating I have encountered all year ? think, The Handmaid's Tale, combined with the violence of Westworld and the claustrophobia of Dogville (2003). The story takes place in an ultra-conservative Mennonite community in Boli...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 05, 2019
    Women Talking is contemporary literary fiction framed by the horrific true story of a Mennonite settlement in Bolivia where men in the settlement drugged and raped hundreds of the women and children who lived there. These men then claimed, when the women questioned, that it was either ...