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...
  • 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...
  • MEGAN C
    Sep 04, 2018
    exceptional. ...
  • Alexis
    Sep 13, 2018
    I wish I liked this more than I did. It just didn't work for me. It was really hard for me to follow. This is the fault of the way my brain works, and not Toews' writing, or the device she chose for this story. It's an interesting book and I hope it does well. It just wasn't for me. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 08, 2018
    Women Talking is quite a short novel, but I found it a bit tough to read because the women in the book are Mennonites and use a lot of Mennonite phrases, and I found that for me, the reading wasn't fluid. That said, I really liked the story--a group of Mennonite women who have been rep...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Sep 04, 2018
    Women talking, supporting, debating and arguing to decide how to take agency over their lives. What to do when the men they love; fathers, husbands, sons, are also the men they fear. Do nothing? Fight back? Leave? ?None of us have ever asked the men for anything. Not a single thi...
  • Ron S
    Jun 15, 2018
    A Mennonite #MeToo the author describes as "a reaction through fiction to... real events, and an act of female imagination." Those real events are tragic, and may prove to be a barrier for some, but this is a timely one sitting read not unleavened with moments of hope, forgiveness and ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Linda
    Sep 21, 2018
    I wish I had a heart for the world like the one Miriam Toews has for her characters. She even loves the bad 'uns. Sometimes she even finds them funny. ...
  • Kate
    Oct 05, 2018
    2.5/5 This is a novel written from the perspective of August Epp, an educated male (English speaker and writer) in a Mennonite community. It comes to light that a group of men are using Belladonna to render women and children in the community unconscious so that they may sexually ab...
  • Naomi
    Aug 30, 2018
    4.5 ...
  • 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...
  • Lauren
    Jul 07, 2018
    Still thinking about this book days later. Tragic yet still hopeful. Definitely a must-read when it is released in August. ...
  • Bart Van Overmeire
    Sep 20, 2018
    Uitgelezen: 'Women Talking' van Miriam Toews, 'both a reaction through fiction to these true-life events, and an act of female imagination'. De waargebeurde feiten waarop het boek gebaseerd is, speelden zich tussen 2005 en 2009 af in een afgelegen Mennonietenkolonie in BoliviŽ. Jar...
  • Brooke
    Sep 30, 2018
    3.5 stars. Women Talking is based on real events that took place between 2005 and 2009 in a Mennonite colony, where women often woke up sore, bleeding and confused. It was believed that these women were being raped by the devil or other demons, as punishment for their sins. However...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Meg
    Sep 01, 2018
    What seemed like a fascinating premise, turned out to be a poorly written, fluff filled short story. Incredibly boring essay that was dragged out into a novel. Too bad - this could have been such an awesome story. ...
  • 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...
  • Monika
    Jun 07, 2018
    Powerful and heart wrenching. Women Talking comes out August 21 and I highly recommend picking up a copy. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Oct 11, 2018
    I received a free copy of this book from PenguinRandomHouse Canada for an honest review. I have read other books by this Canadian author so I was excited to read this. This is a fictional account of true events that happened to women and children in a Mennonite community in Bolivia. It...
  • 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...