A hilarious and moving memoir in the spirit of Anne Lamott
and Nora Ephron about a woman who returns home to her Mennonite family after a
The same week her husband of fifteen years ditches her for a
guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW
Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what
any sensible forty-three-year-old would do: She goes home.
But hers is not just any home. It’s a Mennonite home, the
scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family: handsome
but grouchy Dad, plain but cheerful Mom. Drinking, smoking, and slumber parties
are nixed; potlucks, prune soup, and public prayer are embraced. Having long
ago left the faith behind, Rhoda is surprised when the conservative community
welcomes her back with open arms—and offbeat advice. She discovers that this safe,
sheltered world is the perfect place to come to terms with her failed marriage
and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.
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