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Fiction Literary

Mennonites Don't Dance

by (author) Darcie Friesen Hossack

Publisher
Thistledown Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
Category
Literary
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781897235966
    Publish Date
    May 2011
    List Price
    $11.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781897235782
    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
    $18.95

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This vibrant collection of short fictions explores how families work, how they are torn apart, and, in spite of differences and struggles, brought back together. Darcie Friesen Hossack's stories in Mennonites Don't Dance offer an honest, detailed look into the experiences of children - both young and adult - and their parents and grandparents, exploring generational ties, sins, penance and redemption.

Taking place primarily on the Canadian prairies, the families in these stories are confronted by the conflict between tradition and change - one story sees a daughterin- law's urban ideals push and pull against a mother's simple, rural ways, in another, a daughter raised in the Mennonite tradition tries to break free from her upbringing to escape to the city in search of a better life. Children learn the rules of farm life, and parents learn that their decisions, in spite of all good intentions, can carry dire consequences.

Hossack's talent, honed through education and experience, is showcased in this polished collection, and is reflected in the relatable, realistic characters and situations she creates. The voices in the stories speak about how we measure ourselves in the absence of family, and how the most interesting families are always flawed in some way.

About the author

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her story "Littrle Lamb" was nominated for the 2008 Journey Prize. She lives in Kelowna, BC.

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