Mennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen HossackMennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack

Mennonites Don't Dance

byDarcie Friesen Hossack

Paperback | September 21, 2010

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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.

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a Thistledown Press author.
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Title:Mennonites Don't DanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:September 21, 2010Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:189723578X

ISBN - 13:9781897235782

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read -for Mennonites and Non- Mennonites alike Mennonite' s Don't Dance is book of short stories by Darcie Friesen Hossack, which was shortlisted for the Regional 2011 Commonwealth prize. She is a Canadian author, and this is her debut. Mennonites Don't Dance is a deeply affecting book about grace, forgiveness, anger, patriarchal systems, heartbreak -I have felt so many emotions while reading this book. I think it helps to have some sort of Mennonite background - or some knowledge of what the religion is -but I think that the short stories transcend those who are Mennonite. This is more a story of humanity and the forces and emotions that affect us all. The author is very gifted - she is not sentimental - she just tells the story and leaves us to judge or think for ourselves. Sandra Birdsell - a prominent literary writer in Canada taught this author creative writing at Humber colllege and also endorses her book. It was a 4.5 star read and I very much enjoyed it - and even shed a few tears
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Prose! Darcie Friesen Hossack's MENNONITES DON'T DANCE is a beautifully crafted collection of short stories. I love the way each story is a world unto its own and yet themes of regret, suffering, granting mercy and reaching for grace are sprinkled throughout the collection leaving me with a lingering feeling of empathy for the characters long after each story is drawn to a close. From the genuine voices of the characters, to the details and imagery that reveal layers of meaning, I highly recommend MENNONITES DON'T DANCE.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lovely Book of Short Stories Mennonites Don't Dance is a beautiful book of short stories. Deftly drawn characters were so vibrant and alive to me that they felt like neighbours and friends. Many of the stories deal with difficult themes and subjects, but each one has a moment of turning, a twist that gives the reader and character hope. Each story has many layers, allowing the reader to interpret and get different things out of them each reading, at different times in their lives. This book is bound to be a Canadian classic-- stories that will stand the test of time and can be read over and over.
Date published: 2010-11-08