Renovating Heaven: A Novel in Triptych

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Oolichan Books, 2008 - Fiction - 217 pages
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"Leaving Germany with little more than their 16th century Anabaptist faith and lifestyle to guide them, Schroeder's family settles on a small Fraser Valley farm in British Columbia and proceeds to try making sense of the perplexing mores and values of "The English" who surround them. The family finds solace, but not much else, within the local Mennonite congregation founded by Schroeder's grandfather, every single one of whose sixty-two members is related to Schroeder on his mother's side." "In more forgiving times, these stories might have been described as largely autobiographical. However, given today's more stringent standards - not to mention Schroeder's enthusiastic dedication to all the elements of effective storytelling (or, as his siblings would have it, "inclination to rampant lying and exaggeration") - Schroeder has raised the white flag and called these stories "a novel in triptych." That should go some distance to protecting the guilty and mollifying the innocent - if such there be."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - deltayo - LibraryThing

A novel in 3 parts, each with a different tone and style, and different place in time concerning the lives of the family. Beautifully written, this book touched something in me. I am not of Mennonite ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Author of 15 books, ANDREAS SCHRODER has also been a past president of the Writers\ Union of Canada.'

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