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Frances McDormand attached to star in adaptation of Miriam Toews’s Women Talking

Miriam Toews (Carol Loewen)

Miriam Toews’s eighth book Women Talking has been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B for a film adaptation starring two-time Oscar-winner Frances McDormand. If the project moves forward, it would be the first of Toews’s books to be adapted for the screen.

The news was first reported in a profile of the Steinbach, Manitoba–born and Toronto-based author in the New York Times and confirmed by Penguin Random House Canada on Twitter on Apr. 4. Women Talking is set in a rural Mennonite community in Bolivia and focuses on a secret meeting among eight of the enclave’s women and a male stenographer as they grapple with the threat of sexual violence. The novel was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award.