One of our recommended books is Fight Night by Miriam Toews

FIGHT NIGHT

A Novel


From the bestselling author of Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows, a compassionate, darkly humorous, and deeply wise new novel about three generations of women.

“You’re a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv’s Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious community, she has fought those who wanted to take away her joy, her independence, and her spirit. She has fought to make peace with her loved ones when they have chosen to leave her. And now, even as her health fails,

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From the bestselling author of Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows, a compassionate, darkly humorous, and deeply wise new novel about three generations of women.

“You’re a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv’s Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious community, she has fought those who wanted to take away her joy, her independence, and her spirit. She has fought to make peace with her loved ones when they have chosen to leave her. And now, even as her health fails, Grandma is fighting for her family: for her daughter, partnerless and in the third term of a pregnancy; and for her granddaughter Swiv, a spirited nine-year-old who has been suspended from school. Cramped together in their Toronto home, on the precipice of extraordinary change, Grandma and Swiv undertake a vital new project, setting out to explain their lives in letters they will never send.

Alternating between the exuberant, precocious voice of young Swiv and her irrepressible, tenacious Grandma, Fight Night is a love letter to mothers and grandmothers, and to all the women who are still fighting-painfully, ferociously- for a way to live on their own terms.

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  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Hardcover
  • October 2021
  • 272 Pages
  • 9781635578171

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About Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews is the author of Fight NightMiriam Toews is the author of seven previous bestselling novels, including Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows. She is winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

Praise

“A relentlessly entertaining novel.” ―Lit Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2021”

“Tender, heart-wrenching, darkly funny, and ultimately joyful, this novel pulses with life.” ―Christina Baker Kline, bestselling author of The Exiles and Orphan Train

“Living in a time when Toews is writing is a reason to rejoice.” ―R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

“Miriam Toews is wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.” The New Yorker

Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the title Fight Night. Why did Toews choose this title? What are the characters fighting?
  2. Who is the book addressed to? Why is this character not present in Swiv’s life?
  3. What kind of kid is Swiv? What makes you think so?
  4. What kind of person is Grandma/Elvira? What makes you think so?
  5. What kind of person is Mom/Moochie? What makes you think so?
  6. What does Swiv mean when she describes her family’s Editorial Meetings? How does it differ from what we usually think of when we see the words Editorial Meeting?
  7. In Chapter 10, the book changes stylistically, reflecting a transcription of Grandma’s words said to Swiv. What is the significance of this stylistic change?
  8. Talk about Grandma and Swiv’s trip to Fresno. Why was it necessary for Grandma to go on the trip, despite her poor health?
  9. Talk about the tone of the book in contrast to what happens in the book. How do these two elements work together?
  10. Mental health and depression are very present in Fight Night, although the novel approaches it with subtlety. Talk about this approach and what its significance is.