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Funny with feeling,
This review is from: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home (Paperback)
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but really enjoyed it. Hardly a mention of God, just a bit of Mennonite life (which tends to revolve around food a lot)
It could have been a bleeding heart story or full of sarcasm & bitterness, I mean how would you feel in the space of 1 week, your control freak of a husband left you for a MAN and you are involved in a head on collision on the freeway?
Janzen avoids the bitterness & poor me aspect she could have written about & instead concentrates on the warmth, humour & weird advice as well as the love she receives when she packs up & goes home to her Mennonite family.
Her mother tries to marry her off to a cousin who "has a tractor" & an 86 yr old lady in a care home arranges a date for her with her grandson who " always does what grandma says!
There is warmth and feeling as she proves that every family, Mennonite or not, has weird traits & oddball family members, but when it comes down to it, they accept you as you are & only want the best for you, even if their world is not your world & they don't really understand it.
A very good read, which made me chuckle and had me reading bits out to my husband as it was funny & heart warming at the same time
Written by Kim Cranson who was given the book to read by her husband