All My Puny Sorrows Characters

Miriam Toews
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Yolanda (Yoli) von Reisen

Yoli acts as the novel’s narrator. Yoli is Elf’s younger sister. As a child, she lived with her family in the Mennonite community of East Village. Yoli always felt she stood in her sister's shadow and constantly emulated. She went as far as reading the philosophical tracts such as Adorno that her sister was enamored with, yet she never understood them the way Elf did. Like many young girls, she was fascinated by horses. Though not a gifted rider she held onto her passion for horses as she grew up.

Yoli is now a published author of the Rhonda series of Young Adult novels about cowgirls. These days she has finally tired of writing genre fiction, though she keeps up with the series for the money. She has secured a grant and is currently working on a more serious novel about sisters. The...

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