2008 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

2008 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winnerMiriam Toews for The Flying Troutmans, published by Knopf Canada

Miriam Toews
The Flying Troutmans
Knopf Canada

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2008 winner 2008 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner Miriam Toews for The Flying Troutmans, published by Knopf Canada

The Flying Troutmans is a love song to young people trying to navigate the volcanic world of adult emotions.

Every detail of Miriam Toews young heroes' behavior rings startlingly true and the dialogue is pitch perfect. The premise of the book is sad, yet its execution is filled to the brim with hilarity and joy. Toews captures the rawness of teenagers' personalities—their fledging attempts at brilliance, their hysterical naivete, and their troubled longings. "

-2008 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize jury (Lawrence Hill, Annabel Lyon, and Heather O’Neill)

About the Book

A portrait of the fragility and fervor that is adolescence told through the perspective of Hattie, a young adult who suddenly finds her niece and nephew in her care when her sister is checked into a psychiatric hospital. Not knowing what else to do, Hattie loads the kids, a cooler, and a pile of CDs into their van and they set out on a road trip in search of the children's long-lost father, Cherkis.

About the Author

Miriam Toews has written five novels, including A Complicated Kindness, which won a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2004, and The Flying Troutmans, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2008. She received the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award in recognition of her body of work in 2010. Originally from Steinbach, Manitoba, Toews now lives in Toronto.



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