Elma Schemenauer

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Gender Female
Industry Publishing
Occupation Author & editor
Location Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Introduction My 1940s-era novel Consider the Sunflowers is a story of love, Mennonites, and family. It paints a colourful picture of life on the home front during World War II and after. ‚ÄčAs the story opens, it's 1940 and Tina Janz doesn't want to marry the man her pious Mennonite parents have chosen for her. He's as boring as turnips compared with the dashing half-Gypsy Frank Warkentin. Obsessed with Frank, Tina leaves her job in Vancouver and marries him. However, her joy is soon overshadowed by loneliness on Frank's farm in the prairie community of Coyote, Saskatchewan. When Frank shuns local Mennonites because some of them scorn his mixed parentage, Tina feels torn between her Mennonite heritage and her husband. Their son's death drives the couple farther apart. Then Tina's former boyfriend shows up, setting off a series of events that send her and Frank stumbling toward a new understanding of love, loyalty, faith, and freedom. ‚ÄčConsider the Sunflowers is 299 pages, $19.95 paperback, published by Borealis Press of Ottawa, ISBN 978-0-88887-575-4. Ask for it in a bookstore or library. Or order online from Amazon, Chapters Indigo, or Borealis Press of Ottawa.
Interests History, reading, writing, recipes, family, community, the outdoors, ethnic and religious minorities, Christianity
Favorite Books The Bible, Children of the Day by Sandra Birdsell, All the Living by C.E. Morgan, Heaven Lake by John Dalton, Crazy by Peter Blatty, all of Thomas Hardy's novels