Summer of My Amazing Luck

by Miriam Toews | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0676978479 Global Overview for this book
Registered by twiggynomore of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 9/18/2010
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by twiggynomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, June 9, 2011
This one was in a bag of books I got from my sister. Will release for the Canada Day Challenge.

Journal Entry 2 by twiggynomore at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
This story takes place in Winnipeg! and is written by a Winnipeg author.

I felt right at home reading this story....It seems to take place a few blocks from where I live. The characters in the book live at "Half-A-Life" and "Serenity Place". The complex across the street from "Dial-a- Life" in Winnipeg is called "Tranquility Place". Can this be a coincidence?

This story is about a single teen mom and the friends she makes while living in a Government Housing complex. It shows the trials and tribulations of those who are stuck on the 'welfare treadmill' unable to get off.

Journal Entry 3 by twiggynomore at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (9/14/2011 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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Taking this one to our Bookcrossing meeting ....if nobody takes it tonight, it will be on the shelves waiting for someone to take it home.

Happy Travels little book!!

Journal Entry 4 by K-i-s-m-e-t at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, February 20, 2012
Well...I finally got around to reading this, but I can't say that I liked it much. Most of the characters just annoyed me - people who have decided to find ways to "play the system" and live off welfare rather than making any attempt to support themselves. At one point in the story, one of the characters decides that she should have another baby because the four children she already has soon all will be school aged - and if all of her children are in school, she would be expected to find work. I found that I couldn't identify with any of the characters (except perhaps Mercy, who did have a job) and there was not much plot. I did finish reading it, hoping it would get better, but on the whole, it was a disappointment after having heard so many good things about Toews' writing. Oh well...maybe someone else will enjoy it more than I did.

Journal Entry 5 by K-i-s-m-e-t at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (3/15/2012 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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This book is coming with me to our monthly gathering at the Park Theatre Cafe. If no one takes it home, it will stay on the shelf patiently awaiting a new reader.

Journal Entry 6 by wingherchellewing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, April 19, 2012
...and here it is with me in Calgary! I enjoyed "Uncomplicated Kindness" so I grabbed this book. Thank you so much Winnepeg Bookcrossers.

Journal Entry 7 by wingherchellewing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I really liked this book, a nice light read by Miriam Toews. The housing complex filled with single mothers on the dole. It made me wonder if the system was what kept these women here? I liked Lucy and Lish, they brought adventure to Have-a-Life, and the rain and Mosquitos made me laugh. Not that I would EVER do this, but the episode with the umbrella stroller with the broken wheel was great. Ok, theft is not ok, but if you have ever had to push one of those horrid things, like I have, hey, I just wanted to cheer! LOL
Thanks for this fun read. I can accept the fact that we are not all the same and that I am more blessed than others. There is a saying, don't judge until you have walked a kilometre in her shoes.

Journal Entry 8 by wingherchellewing at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Released 7 yrs ago (5/10/2014 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Bringing this one to the group, hope to find a new reader.

Journal Entry 9 by sing-song at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Oops - missed journaling this when I brought it home. I enjoyed the book. I just kept thinking about the mothers of the kids I taught in my last school. Many of them lived in subsidized housing units and I often wondered what their stories were.

Journal Entry 10 by sing-song at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (9/12/2015 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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I am returning this to the September meeting at Cravings.

Journal Entry 11 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, September 14, 2015
Brought home from the September meeting - way, way too many books this month!

Journal Entry 12 by megami-no-ushi at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, August 11, 2018

Released 3 yrs ago (8/11/2018 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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Taken to the August meeting!

To the finder:
Calgary has an active group of BookCrossers that meet to swap books and discuss book crossing every second Saturday of the month at 11am at Cravings Market on Fairmount Drive SE. We always love to meet new crossers, so please join us any time you like!

Journal Entry 13 by L-Marie at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Picked up at October meeting, haven't read it yet.

Journal Entry 14 by L-Marie at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (3/12/2020 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada

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This is the story of Lucy who finds herself moving into housing project in Winnipeg which houses mostly single mothers raising their children. It gives the reader an insight into what it is like to live on welfare and the bonding that happens with all the mothers in the project. Most of the mothers don't know who the real fathers are and the ones that they do come around on weekends to pick up the kids. The women actually don't want to work, but want to just raise the kids.

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