Miriam Toews A Boy of Good Breeding

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A Boy of Good Breeding

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One thousand five hundred, that's the magic number. At least, it is for Mayor Hosea Funk when it comes to his town, Algren, Manitoba. Algren's claim to fame is its rank as Canada's smallest town, a title that incites both pride and constant angst for its eccentric mayor. Motivated by the Prime Minister's pledge to visit the smallest Canadian town, Hosea Funk tallies births, deaths and all other arrivals and departures to make sure the population hovers at 1,500 — less than that and the town becomes a village, more and the town might lose its title. Enter Knute Corea-McCloud. A single mom returning home to Algren from the big city, Knute takes a job in the mayor's office and soon finds herself entangled in his schemes. But keeping the population at an even 1,500 is easier said than done, especially when citizens threaten to leave, the father of Knute's daughter threatens to move back, and Hosea's lady friend pressures him to commit. Then there's the rumour that a local woman might give birth to triplets, and it looks like Mayor Hosea's plan is on the verge of turning into a shamble. A sweet, funny story about finding out where one belongs, A Boy of Good Breeding is Miriam Toews's second novel. First published by Stoddart in 1998, it was revised and released in paperback in Canada by Vintage in 2005. It was released first the first time in the United States by Counterpoint in the spring of 2006. The CBC recording, remastered here for an audiobook, originally aired in 1998 and was recently rebroadcast to enthusiastic listener response.

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From the acclaimed Giller Prize Finalist and Governor General's Award Winner: a delightfully funny and charming second novel about Canada's smallest town.
Life in Winnipeg didn't go as planned for Knute and her daughter. But living back in Algren with her parents and working for the longtime mayor, Hosea Funk, has its own challenges: Knute finds herself mixed up with Hosea's attempts to achieve his dream of meeting the Prime Minister -- even if that
means keeping the town's population at an even 1500. Bringing to life small-town Canada and all its larger-than-life characters, A Boy of Good Breeding is a big-hearted, hilarious novel about finding out where you belong.

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Life in the big city just wasn't working out for Knute and her four-year-old daughter. So they've come back home to the prairie backwater of Algren to live with Knute's parents. Before long, the easygoing single mom gets mixed up in Mayor Hosea Funk's scheme for meeting the Prime Minister (;whom he believes to be his mysterious cowboy father);. All they have to do is ensure that Algren's population stays at an even 1,500, thus winning the contest for smallest town in Canada. But that's no easy task — what with folks getting married, women having triplets, and the unexpected return of Knute's old boyfriend Max.

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