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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

A Memoir of Going Home

By Rhoda Janzen

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages, Main Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2011
Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. It was bad enough that her husband of fifteen years left her for Bob, a guy he met on Gay.com, but that same week a car accident left her injured. Needing a place to rest and pick up the pieces of her life, Rhoda packed her bags, crossed the country, and returned to her quirky Mennonite family's home, where she was welcomed back with open arms and offbeat advice. (Rhoda's good-natured mother suggested she get over her heartbreak by dating her first cousin - he owned a tractor, see.)Written with wry humor and huge personality - and tackling faith, love, family, and aging - Mennonite in a Little Black Dress is an immensely moving memoir of healing, certain to touch anyone who has ever had to look homeward in order to move ahead.

About the Author

Rhoda Janzen holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the University of California Poet Laureate in 1994 and 1997. She is the author of Babel's Stair, a collection of poems, and her poems have also appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review. She teaches English and creative writing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

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'This book made me laugh until I cried... I loved it and would recommend it to anybody.' Jojo Moyes 'Wonderfully intelligent and frank... I loved this book, and Rhoda Janzen. She is a terrific, pithy, beautiful writer, a reliable, sympathetic narrator and a fantastically good sport.' New York Times 'This book is not just beautiful and intelligent, but also painfully - even wincingly - funny. It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Rhoda Janzen's voice - singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest - slayed me, with audible results. I have a list already of about fourteen friends who need to read this book. I will insist that they read it. Because simply put, this is the most delightful memoir I've read in ages.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love 'Once in a while a book comes along that makes you laugh so much you think you'll choke. This is that book.' Viv Groskop, Observer 'Rhoda Janzen does for the memoir what Bill Bryson did for travel-writing: she takes a well-loved genre, turns it inside out with an endless parade of comedy and through her cheerful good humour makes you fall in love - both with her and her subject.' --Judith Flanders, Sunday Telegraph 'Funny as hell. Once in a while a book comes along that makes you laugh so much you think you'll choke. This is that book' Observer 'Rhoda Janzen does for the memoir what Bill Bryson did for travel-writing... A joy, a comfort and a great, pleasurable read' Sunday Telegraph 'Screamingly funny... Cool, precise, profound'Sunday Times 'Wonderfully intelligent and frank... I loved this book and Rhoda Janzen. A terrific, pithy, beautiful writer' New York Times

EAN: 9780857890405
ISBN: 0857890409
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.21 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Here was a woman that ran away from her roots as a young woman, but when tragedy struck, she returned to family, paretnts, brothers, sister and their families. Along the way, she renewed friendships and also had friends that stuck by her. And she rediscovered religion or perhaps understood more why her parents followed their beliefs.

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