The Flying Troutman’s by Miriam Toews (30)

This is a story that will keep you reading until you have the read the last word.  I just loved this book.  It is intriguing and wonderfully written.

Hattie has just been dumped by her Paris boyfriend. Her sister, Min, is going through a particularly dark period. Mini’s two kids, Logan and Thebes, are both not talking and talking way too much, respectively.

So, when Hattie receives an SOS call from eleven-year-old Thebes, she grabs the first plane home. There she discovers that Min is on the way to a psychiatric ward, and Hattie assumes responsibility for the kids.

She quickly realizes that she is way out of her league, and hatches a hare-brained plan to find the kids’ long-lost father. With only the most tenuous lead to go on, she piles Logan and Thebes into their Ford Aerostar, and armed with some art supplies, a mondo pair of headphones and a cooler full of food, they hit the road and head south.

What ensues is a frantic expedition during which Hattie attempts to reconcile a tricky past with Min. Logan carves cryptic messages into the van’s dashboard. Thebes makes and distributes oversized novelty cheques to anybody who needs one and the threesome discovers that while freedom has its costs, it also has its payoffs.

At once hilarious and heartrending, this book tells the story of a fractured family on the verge of spinning off its axles and a road trip that just might keep them together.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth



About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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