At 43, Rhoda Janzen's life suddenly explodes all around her. Not only has she barely survived a debilitating car crash, but her husband of 15 years has left her for a man he found on the Internet, leaving her to struggle with a mortgage she can't afford. And so she goes back to live with her parents, a deeply religious couple living in the surreally abstemious culture of the Mennonites. It's a culture that Janzen had abandoned years ago, but she finds its conservatism, practicality, and spirituality oddly comforting in her time of need. Written with a breezy, wonderfully self-deprecating voice, MENNONITE IN A BLACK DRESS is a delightful memoir, so odd and hilarious that it deserves to be a film one day. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
"It is rare that I literally laugh out loud while I'm reading, but Janzen's voice-singular, deadpan, sharp-witted and honest-slayed me." -Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
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.
Number of Pages: 241
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: General, Personal Memoirs
Author: Rhoda Janzen
Street Date: April 13, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0694