Mennonite In A Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

I found this book in a hotel room in Hawaii during my recent vacation. Free book, score! I got halfway through it before I forgot it in another hotel’s bathroom, so I had to wait until our return to the mainland to finish reading it. This time I got a copy from the library, because the first half wasn’t strong enough to entice me to buy it. Neither was the second half.

Rhoda Janzen has a great sense of humour, and the entire book is pleasantly amusing but not much else. It’s actually almost too amusing, given that her husband of fifteen years turns out to be a bipolar homosexual and she has a car accident that leaves her with a pee bag. Laughter is the best medicine?



Not long after Rhoda Janzen turned forty, her world turned upside down. From the outside, it seemed she had everything she wanted: a fulfilling job, a beautiful lakeside home, and a brilliant husband of fifteen years. But then her husband announced he was leaving her forBob, a guy he met on – and that same week a car accident left her with serious injuries.

Under circumstances like these, what was a gal to do? Naturally, Rhoda crossed the country and returned to the land of Borscht, Zwiebach, and corduroy-covered Bibles. Her own spiritual path had long parted ways with her Mennonite upbringing, and she was now more at ease sipping cocktails with fellow academics than sitting in a conservative church. But the oddball Mennonite community welcomed her broken body and soul with open arms and generous advice. It is in this safe place that Rhoda came to terms with her failed marriage; her desire, as a young woman, to leave her sheltered world behind; and the choices that both freed and entrapped her.