Back when I thought I had finished writing Yoder School, I reached out to Shirley Hershey Showalter, who had already published her memoir, A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World.
“Could you read this for me?” I wrote her. “And tell me if it’s ready to send to a publisher?”
Shirley had no reason to help me, except for a generous heart for a flailing writer. But she did. She asked insightful questions and, in a gracious and hope-giving way, made statements that were both hard for me and good for me to read.
And she set me on the way toward a much-needed revision.
So when Shirley agreed to write a blurb for the back of Yoder School, I was pleased.
“Because this story is so well-written, we the readers follow the narrator’s progress with the eagerness of a child at play.”
—Shirley Hershey Showalter, Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, in the Foreword