Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir
There are two ways to leave the Amish—one is through life and the other through death. When Saloma Miller Furlong’s father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompts a flood of memories. Now a mother with grown children of her own, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father’s mental illness, her brother’s brutality, her mother’s frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish—traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community. In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence. Eloquently told, Why I Left the Amish is a revealing portrait of life within—and without—this frequently misunderstood community.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mom2acat - LibraryThing
This is the memoir of Saloma Miller Furlong, returning to her Amish community for her father's funeral after having left 24 years earlier. Her journey home brings back a flood of memories of her ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cherybear - LibraryThing
Interesting insight into Amish life. Not as picturesque as often portrayed. Not overly well-written, but I'm sure it was something the author had to do, and helpful for her. A lot of loose ends left hanging. Read full review
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APPENDIX 1Naming Practices among the Amish
APPENDIX 2Differences between Amish and Mennonites
APPENDIX 3Terms for Outsiders