An authentic revelation of Anglophone fiction in the last few years, Miriam Toews was born in Canada, in a patriarchal Mennonite community. At eighteen she had already moved to Montreal, and writing became her rebellion. Carlos Reygadas, the director, tempted her with cinema, naming her the star of Luz silenciosa; her performance is memorable, but her true terrain is writing. After her first book, Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996), written while she was working as a freelance journalist, in 1998 she published A Boy of Good Breeding, a novel full of tenderness and humour. A Complicated Kindness, best seller in Canada in 2004, was translated into fourteen languages. The Flying Troutmans won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2008 and the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009; in 2011 Irma Voth evokes her experience on the set of Luz silenciosa; All my puny sorrows, written last year, is already a literary event: critically acclaimed in the United States and Canada, finalist or winner of the most prestigious literary awards, was indicated among the finest books in 2014 by leading newspapers and magazines.