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Coming of Age, Mennonites, Immigrants, Christianity and Islam, Biographical fiction, Family fiction, Christian women
Crazy Were We In The Head
Mennonite Bride, Muslim Mosque
Paul Enns Wiebe
Growing up in a Mennonite family in Inverness, Idaho back in the forties and fifties, John Reisender is perplexed. Why had Great-grandma been married in a Muslim mosque way hell and gone out in the wilds of Central Asia? On the road to solving this puzzle, he finds himself excommunicated, temporarily, from the family religion. He discovers that his maternal grandfather had escaped Czarist Russia, acts as an undertaker for a cat’s funeral, takes a crash course in Nietzsche from the keeper of the city dump, escapes drowning, becomes an unsung, accidental semi-hero in a high school football game, cheats death on a spelunking expedition, and falls in lust with a pious girl who sports a derriere that reminds him of the WWII pinup girl, Betty Grable. With a Dickensian cast of characters brimming with eccentrics, Crazy Were We in the Head hilariously and often movingly chronicles a singular American boyhood.
And if I laugh at any mortal thing, ’Tis that I may not weep. —Lord Byron
“A terrific eye and ear . . . witty . . . just the right degree of irreverence.” – Elinor Lipman, author of many other social-satirical novels.
Regarding Benedict XVI
“As a novelist, Wiebe does not specialize in diplomacy . . . ahead of its time . . . naughty fun . . . an arch, slapstick humor that grows on you.” – Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Paul Enns Wiebe has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Rockefeller Brothers Fellowship, and several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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