Nomi Nickel, a sixteen-year-old Mennonite girl living in the conservative town of East Village, longs to both fit in and stand out. Although this is typical of many teenaged adolescents, Nomi is unique because of her religious background. She stands apart from J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield because Nomi’s coming-of-age story reflects an innate need to remain connected to her Mennonite upbringing. This connection to her cultural and religious background transcends to Nomi’s creator: Miriam Toews. Mennonite author, Patrick Friesen, writes:
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