Quickie Recap: Hattie's sister Min is in the psych ward again, having lost her sanity and her will to live, and Hattie is left to fend for Min's 2 children. Overwhelmed by the responsibility, and more than a little lost herself, the three Troutmans embark on epic journey to find the children's absent father that has you hoping that somehow, damaged people can help each other.
Quickie Review: I adore this book, adore it! I gorged myself on it, consuming every last drop in one delicious sitting. Toews is unpretentious and darkly funny. She doesn't use her characters' youth as an excuse not to make them into fully emotional and intellectual beings. She's compassionate but she's not a drip; if this book breaks your heart a little, then so be it. It's rich and layered and always has you thinking more than one thing at once.
Quickie Recommendation: The only bad thing about this book is that it had to end - this one is tough to let go of.