"'Your mother and father are running away', said a voice piercing the warm air. I froze and turned toward home. To a Hutterite, nothing is more shameful than that word, running away, Weglaufen...."
In 1969, Ann-Marie's parents did the unthinkable. They left a Hutterite colony in Canada with seven children, and little else, to start a new life. Overnight, the family was thrust into a society they did not understand and which knew little of their unique culture. The transition was overwhelming. Desperate to be accepted, 10-year-old Ann-Marie was forced to deny her heritage in order to fit in with her peers. I Am Hutterite chronicles her quest to reinvent herself as she comes to terms with the painful circumstances that led her family to leave community life. Rich with memorable characters and vivid descriptions, this ground-breaking narrative shines a light on intolerance, illuminating the simple truth that beneath every human exterior beats a heart longing for understanding and acceptance.
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By MJ on 11-02-13
What made the experience of listening to I Am Hutterite the most enjoyable?
I loved listening to Mary-Ann tell her story in the language of the Hutterites and with the accent that has carried over from her heritage.
What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Hutterite?
I was completely stunned to hear of the drastic upheaval experienced by the family when they left the Colony and its lifestyle. I never thought it could be such a drastic change, but it was a great time of change in the world in general. I grew up in the same time period as Mary-Ann did, my family was a lot like hers. I had a lot of difficulty fitting in, but I was already part of the outside world.
What does Mary-Ann Kirkby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I said before, I loved her enunciation and accent. If only reading, this part would be lost. It adds so much to the overall story. It expresses the love they had for one another, it also explained the confusion they were living through when they left the Colony. I especially appreciated that this was Mary-Ann's story, narrated by her!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I've visited Hutterite Colonies in the United States. There were many aspects of their life that I knew of, but the details added in this story cleared away questions I never knew I had. I wanted to cry when the book ended!
Any additional comments?
LOVED, Loved, loved this story and the author/narrator. I would gladly read more of Mary-Ann Kirkby's books, if she were to write again. Especially, if she were the narrator!!!
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By Robin on 30-01-17
I grew up in North Dakota near a Hutterite colony.
I never knew much about them so I found this book quite interesting. I never really came into contact with them, I only heard about them mostly through my dad who often went to their colony to buy produce.