July 28, 2017

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Mennonite…mennonite in a little black dress” is another book that has been on my reading list for a long time, and that I managed to pick up in a charity shop quite recently.

Rhoda Janzen is a Mennonite who left the fold for many years to persue her academic career. She’s gone back to the family to recover from her divorce-after-a-very-shit-marriage, and a near-fatal car accident.

The book is more about Mennonite life than about Janzen herself. There are lots of reminisences of the past and childhood, alongside details of what the mennonites are up to now.

At the end there’s a very amusing FAQ-style Appendix with all you didn’t know you needed to know about the Mennonites.

It’s a very pleasant read, I did laugh out loud a few times, and I’ll be keeping it on my bookshelf (not sending it back to the charity shop). But I’m still not sure how it ended up as a US bestseller.

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