Monday 29 August 2011

Mennonites Don't Dance

Finished August 27
Mennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack
This collection of short stories has a base in the Mennonite community with all the main characters either living in a prairie Mennonite community, or coming from one. Some characters appear in more than one story, although in a subtle way.
Since I am half Mennonite myself, this book really appealed to me. I could relate to the culture and the values. Many of the themes here though go beyond any one culture and speak to family and how the attitudes and actions of our parents affect our lives into adulthood.
Some stories were sad, some happy, but all spoke of the relationship between people and family dynamics.
A great addition to Canadian short stories.