SHORTLISTED 2014 – Scotiabank Giller Prize
Miriam Toews is beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In her most passionate novel yet, she brings us the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life.
You won’t forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking.
But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.
Discussion facilitated by George Fetherling, a prolific poet, novelist, cultural commentator and memoirist. He has published 50 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, history and biography, including the novel Walt Whitman’s Secret and the poetry collection The Sylvia Hotel Poems.
Supported by the Public Education Program, UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health.
Hold that date! – Our next reading will be on November 24, 2015
Lucid Book Club and Reading Series is a monthly event utilizing the world of literature to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.Meetings are generally held bimonthly, currently at the Alumni Room UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre (MSAC)
Lucid meetings are supported by the public education program of UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health.
The meetings are an accredited group learning activity of the Royal College College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada