I read Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen on the plane to California last week and I laughed out loud. I had to board the plane late because of strange tornado happenings at the Little Rock airport, so I didn’t get to sit by my Grandmother. But I made the best of a bumpy ride with two armrest hogging seatmates by reading this book cover to cover.
It’s a memoir of a girl who goes back to her Mennonite roots when her marriage falls apart. She’s been away so long that the familiar traditions and idiosyncrasies of a life she could not wait to escape are now a sort of comfort to her. She tells equal parts sad, sweet and absolutely hysterical stories about her journey back home and her life since leaving.
In between flights I was reading parts of it aloud to my mother. There is a scene where she stops at McDonald’s with her parents that could have been written straight from my life. Crazytown.
Our Boxed Lunch Book Club at church is discussing this book on March 17 during the lunch hour, so grab a copy and come on! We’d love to have you.