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Starred Review. At first, the worst week of Janzen's life—she gets into a debilitating car wreck right after her husband leaves her for a guy he met on the Internet and saddles her with a mortgage she can't afford—seems to come out of nowhere, but the disaster's long buildup becomes clearer as she opens herself up. Her 15-year relationship with Nick had always been punctuated by manic outbursts and verbally abusive behavior, so recognizing her co-dependent role in their marriage becomes an important part of Janzen's recovery (even as she tweaks the 12 steps just a bit). The healing is further assisted by her decision to move back in with her Mennonite parents, prompting her to look at her childhood religion with fresh, twinkling eyes. (She provides an appendix for those unfamiliar with Mennonite culture, as well as a list of shame-based foods from hot potato salad to borscht.) Janzen is always ready to gently turn the humor back on herself, though, and women will immediately warm to the self-deprecating honesty with which she describes the efforts of friends and family to help her re-establish her emotional well-being. (Oct.)
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I read this for a class I took and I absolutely loved it, and recommend it to women who need a little lifting up. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Christine Smith
The story was cute, but the plot had toouch stream of conscience writing that seemed to ramble on and on and it took a long time to actually get to an anti- climatic ending. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jane Cera
There's no doubt that Rhoda writes well. But I felt a strong undercurrent of anger in this memoir. Something I wasn't expecting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Steinbroner
Coming from an East coast Mennonite preacher's family, it was interesting to see how very different Mennonite life is in the West/Canada.Published 1 month ago by Joan Ruth
I got this book for one penny plus $3.99 shipping. Worst deal I have ever gotten. I kept reading thinking it might get better. The more I read, the worse it was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by map