Never Enough Flamingos It s the Depression and it s rural Kansas For good measure nature decides to throw in a Dust Bowl It s not the life Cat Peters would have chosen but the young Mennonite girl doesn t have much say in

  • Title: Never Enough Flamingos
  • Author: Janelle Diller
  • ISBN: 9781936376216
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s the Depression and it s rural Kansas For good measure, nature decides to throw in a Dust Bowl It s not the life Cat Peters would have chosen, but the young Mennonite girl doesn t have much say in it Driven to the edge of bankruptcy by the relentless winds of the Dust Bowl, Cat s family is desperate Fortunately, wealthy Simon Yoder generously saves them with a loanIt s the Depression and it s rural Kansas For good measure, nature decides to throw in a Dust Bowl It s not the life Cat Peters would have chosen, but the young Mennonite girl doesn t have much say in it Driven to the edge of bankruptcy by the relentless winds of the Dust Bowl, Cat s family is desperate Fortunately, wealthy Simon Yoder generously saves them with a loan Everyone gets something out of the arrangement than what they bargain for Cat s father gains a start back from the edge and the shame that he can t provide for his family Cat s older brother goes to work for Simon to pay off the family debts and learns lots of new ideas And Simon gets the debt repaid and casts a sticky net over the Peters family.So in the end, everyone loses.Still the rains don t come Without rain, there is no wheat So Cat, too, goes to the Yoder s to clean and cook and do whatever the hired girls do It turns out the hired girls at the Yoder house do a lot than cook and clean, for Simon Yoder is a man who steals the souls of young girls.And now Cat has slipped into his hands.

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    1. Encompassing the historical arc from the Dust Bowl to the to the years of Hitler’s rise to power in Europe, Janelle Diller tells the story of a community of Kansas Mennonites from the perspective of one of its youngest members, Cat Peters (perhaps named “Catherine” for the Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, a hero for Russian Mennonites). Through Cat’s eyes, from ages 6 to twelve, we see the daily struggles of her impoverished farm family and the similar lives of others in their rural [...]

    2. Absolutely LOVED this book! It's told through the eyes of a young girl during the depression, and what her family had to do to survive. It's a wonderful perspective, clever witty and enduring. You feel her sweet innocence and vulnerability as she encounters the realities of life. You'll find yourself caught up in her endearing character, cheering her on, as well as laughing and crying with her. The book also addresses some very real and sometimes difficult to talk about topics that will hopefull [...]

    3. A harrowing tale of poverty and one family's indebtiness to another wealthy family.The story draws you in and gives you a great sense of placed one young woman's desperation to find a way out of a horrible life.

    4. I really liked this book! It required considerable research into several threads (the Great Depression, the buildup of world tensions regarding Nazi Germany, Kansas Mennonite church history, and the mental health effects of the abuse of power, sex, and money) which are skillfully woven together with Janelle Diller's trademark wit to make an interesting read. I recommend this book, especially to anyone who has reasons to connect with any of the threads I listed above.Abuse of power, sex, money; c [...]

    5. The second of the 2017 CIPA Evvy award winning novels I chose to read is Never Enough Flamingos by Janelle Diller. It shared the first place award in historical fiction with The Other Side of Him. (My book, Hopatcong Vision Quest won a merit award in the same competition.)Never Enough Flamingos is a fascinating, well-written novel, set in a Mennonite community in Kansas during the Depression. In the introduction Diller describes Mennonites in the following way:In a manner of speaking, Mennonites [...]

    6. When I first picked up this book, I didn't expect the narrator (Cat Peters) to be so, well, spunky. But I suppose sassy kids weren't invented yesterday, and moreover, my expectation was clouded by the fact that I had mistaken Mennonites for the Amish, a very significant difference indeed.This is a beautifully rich book, with extremely relatable characters, believable older brothers, and a flamingo raising a flamingo to be strong. Every person in town has well developed personal lives, and demons [...]

    7. Never Enough Flamingos had me from the first page. Growing up Mennonite with grandparents who lived in Kiowa County, Kansas, this book felt familiar but also very different from my family. Told from the perspective of Cat Peters, the story draws you right in. Depression times in Kansas and a Dust Bowl that affects every family, families on the brink of bankruptcy, and a ruthless & powerful Simon Yoder, Never Enough Flamingos draws you in from the first page to the last and leaves you wanting [...]

    8. I loved this historical novel about rural communities in the Midwest united by religious belief. The author captures the social and religious "rules" that governs the behavior of the inhabitants. Using Cat as her voice, she accurately describes the behavior colorfully through conversations and narratives. The characters are well-defined. Cat is the young innocent girl forced to mature. Her brother is the rebel of the family. Her father is the stalwart who must always provide. Simon is, well, Sim [...]

    9. Though this book is worlds apart from Diller's first novel, "The Virus", it is just as suspenseful. The author succeeds in making you care deeply for the main character, Cat Peters, and all the trials she experiences. Cat must work for the most powerful man in their Mennonite community to keep her family financially afloat. The fact that her new employer is a sexual predator is something her community seems blissfully unaware of. Or are they? The questions raised in this book will, unfortunately [...]

    10. The title of this book intrigued me. However, the story had nothing to do with birds. It dealt with a Mennonite community in Kansas during the depression. It showed how someone that was respected by many because of his philanthropy could be evil incarnate.

    11. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. This book gave great insight into what happens when a trusted leader does despicable acts behind closed doors. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

    12. Never Enough Flamingos is a story about a Mennonite family in Kansas during the 30's. The story is told through the eyes of Cat, a young girl growing up during hard times in a strict and sometimes rigid society. Through her observations we are given a sense of the Mennonite life and a sense of how the depression and war affected the farmers of that area. There is hardship far beyond just the poverty and drought. There is hardship that is unexpected in this tightly knit community. The strengths a [...]

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