Mary Alice Hostetter, author of Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood, grew up the tenth of twelve children in a Mennonite farm family and is a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. While pursuing a career in education and human services, she studied writing whenever and wherever she could.

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Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood


An Identity on the Edges

March 23, 2023 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Mary Alice Hostetter’s “Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood” is the story of a woman’s journey to define a sense of authenticity amid a rigid upbringing in a Mennonite farm family.

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