Women Talking

Women Talking by Miriam Toews is a novel whose plot is based on a series of sexual assaults in an isolated Mennonite community in Bolivia in 2009. The author raised a Mennonite, has given the illiterate women who were drugged and raped a fictional voice. The book is structured as the minutes of the meeting they held to decide what to do once the truth of the "ghost rapes" by men in their colony is known. Do they try and leave, and is that even possible, or do they forgive? How much can they change the community to make it a place they can thrive? The book is thought to provoke and unusual; the voices of the women echo long after the book is finished.