All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber & Faber, £17.99)
Yolandi Von Riesen is making a list: “Airport, car door, buy a shower curtain, get divorced.” She has a lot on her mind. Her successful older sister, concert pianist Elfrieda, is in the psychiatric ward of a Winnipeg hospital following a second suicide attempt. Her two children are looking after themselves in Toronto while her aunt, Tina, has just arrived at the same hospital for an event. “A coronary event,” Yolandi jokes to a group of family friends, though they fail to see the funny side.
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