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Published: 02 January 2014

352 Pages

8.9 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780199009206

Bookseller Code (06)

High Bright Buggy Wheels

Luella Creighton (deceased) and Introduction by Cynthia Flood

Wynford Books

  • Lost gemstone of Canadian literature. Perhaps an early inspiration for writers like Barbara Smucker and Miriam Toews, Creighton depicts Mennonite life based on her family's experience.
  • New introduction by Creighton's daughter. Award-winning writer Cynthia Flood introduces the Wynford edition.
  • Controversial novel. To this day the Mennonite community depicted in the novel remains resentful of the work, and there remains little else published about them.
  • Insight into an isolated community. Creighton had unique access to the Mennonite world through her step-mother. With meticulous accuracy she depicts the warmth, community belonging, and spiritual bonding of faith, highlighting an often poorly understood aspect of what, from the outside, can feel like a narrow lifestyle.
  • Intimate look at culture clash. From the insulated and hard-working life in the Mennonite community, an inquisitive young woman comes to experience music, literature, and fashion in the outside world, not to mention a forbidden relationship. She experiences a myriad of emotions as the comforting fabric of her daily life is torn apart, and her home community responds with anger and denial.
  • Beautiful descriptions of Mennonite culture. From age-old techniques associated with baking bread to hand-knitted socks, the book presents a fascinating portrait of people living off the land.
  • Linguistic accuracy. Descended from the Swiss, Ontario Mennonites speak a variant of the almost entirely oral Pennsylvania Deitsch, reflected in the language spoken by Creighton's characters.
  • Packed with drama. A series of events brings excitement and interest to the novel, from accidents suffered in the Mennonites' often dangerous work to fights between individuals from within and outside the Mennonite community.
  • Unusual look into the spiritual life of women. Daily physical work and the sacred are woven together in women's lives, providing meaning and continuity from birth to death.
  • Filled with imagery and symbolism. Warmth, light, direction, movement are all beautifully drawn metaphors for changes undergone by the characters.

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