‘I doubt I’ll read a better novel.’ Big Issue’Go Grandma Elvira!’ Margaret Atwood’Wickedly funny and fearlessly honest.’ The New Yorker’Glorious.’ Sarah Moss’A love letter to our brave and brilliant matriarchs.’ Glamour’Miriam Toews is a genius.’ R. O. Kwon’As compelling and hilarious and indecently sad as life can be.’ Financial Times____________You are a small thing, and you must learn to fight.
Swiv has taken her grandmother’s advice too literally. Now she’s at home, suspended from school. Mom is pregnant and preoccupied – and so Swiv is in the older woman’s charge, receiving a very different form of education from a teacher with a style all her own.
Grandma likes her stories fast, troublesome and funny. She’s known the very worst that life can throw at you – and has met it every time with a wild, unnamable spirit, fighting for joy and independence every step of the way. But will maths lessons based on Amish jigsaws and classes on How to Dig a Winter Grave inspire the same fire in Swiv, and ensure it never goes out?Time is running short.
Grandma’s health is failing, the baby is on the way, as a family of three extraordinary women prepare to face life’s great changes together. Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl’s love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family’s fighting spirit.