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As a Mennonite in the Fresno area, I hardly recognized my community in this book. I'm 25 years older than the author (whose family I know) and didn't suffer the deprivations she describes. There's a whole lot of literary license going on here. So I say, go ahead, listen to the book and enjoy it, but keep that grain of salt firmly in place.
A bigger disappointment for me was the mispronunciation of so very many words by the reader. I was under the impression that readers or producers checked with the author re pronunciations. Guess I was wrong.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This is a sweet tender book. Janzen Reflects back on her Mennonite upbringing with great humor and intelligence. She is kind to her parents and siblings. If you are looking for dirt, go elsewhere. This is a book of love and hope.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
we start with cancer, and polio, then the hysterectomy, flowed shortly by incontinence, sexual dysfunction, divorce, a gay husband who was good at cleaning catheter bag, followed by car crash and insolvency. I left when her mother is serving tuna sandwiches while descriving puss ( all these in two chapters).
I am not of a weak stomach but I do not see the point of suffering through someones medical and psychological history in a totally valueless manner, and with disorganized writing; better books and thing to do with my life.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed the strong performance by the narrator. It was interesting too to hear about Mennonite views. Pretty down to earth in observations. A sarcastic sense of humour but always sounding truthful.