All My Puny Sorrows - Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

Miriam Toews
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Nic's car dies at the beginning of the chapter. When Yoli looks for someone to fix it she hooks up with Jason, a car mechanic she knows from university. They end up going on a date out on the floodway. Yoli reminisces with Jason about their divorces. She and Jason also discuss the cultural need for shame as a way to fuel art and literature.

Yoli then visits Julie and they talk about taking Elf to Switzerland. Yoli realizes that Elf could go on her own, but thinks that her previous suicide attempts have failed because Elf is afraid to die alone. Yoli feels that without help Elf will continue her cycle of self-harm until she succeeds in killing herself. Yoli goes on to disparage the psych ward which has only one treatment method and ignores all those who failed to cooperate. She finds...

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