11:30 am - 1:00 pm


First Unitarian Universalist Church
7202 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS, 67206
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Janelle Diller’s “Never Enough Flamingos,” a novel set in territory familiar to many of us, is our September selection. Diller, a Mennonite, grew up in Hesston listening to the Depression-era and World War II stories her parents and grandparents shared. She is well-versed in Mennonite history going back to the 16th century. The narrator, Catherine “Cat” Peters is six or seven when the novel opens with Cat and her father going to town to make the final payment on his farm. It’s the day the town bank closes permanently. So begins a decade of struggle. The Kirkus Review sums up the novel: “A dark secret hides just below the surface in Sweethome, Kansas, where the Great Depression and drought have brought poverty and despair to the peaceful Mennonite farming community…. Peopled with some enduring characters and driven by both compassion and sarcasm, this is a vivid, surprising page-turner.” Copies of the book are available from the church office. Bring a brown bag lunch at 11:30 and join the discussion which begins around noon.