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Bonnet Strings


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Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir and she was featured in the PBS documentaries "The Amish" and "The Amish: Shunned" that aired on American Experience. She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German and a minor in Philosophy. Saloma resides in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts with her husband, David.


"This story includes all the elements of a good romance--attraction, danger, secrets, beautiful scenery, obstacles, culture clashes, and oldfashioned chivalry. You will cheer for Saloma and the sense of self God placed in her."

--Shirley Hershey Showalter "Reviews "

"Saloma Miller Furlong explores the complexities of duty and desire, defining the careful balance between familial responsibility and the pursuit of true love. You will rejoice with Saloma as she acquires independence from her previously cloistered lifestyle among the Amish and recall your own first glimpse of someone you knew would capture your heart--and therefore change your world forever. Bonnet Strings is a memoir not to be missed."

--Jolina Petersheim "Reviews "

"In this memoir of the Bildungsroman genre, Saloma Miller Furlong writes carefully and artfully of the inner pain and joy she experiences as she finds her way, both outside of her home community and inside it. In addition, her partner David's voice provides readers with a poignantlens with which to view Furlong's journey."

--Vi Dutcher "Reviews "

"Bonnet Strings paints an intimate portrait of one woman's struggle to find an authentic path for herself among the Amish. Saloma Miller Furlong vividly portrays the warmth and love in her tight-knit community but also what it was like to try to live according to her community'sstrict rules. The reader cheers as Furlong overcomes obstacles to create a life true to herself and her faith."

--Lucinda Martin "Reviews "

"This is a remarkable story about a young Amish woman who, against all odds, chooses destiny over expectation. A beautiful memoir...It will break your heart and piece it back together again."

--Mary-Ann Kirkby "Reviews "

"Suspended between two cultural worlds, Saloma tells an engaging story about her struggle to decide which one to claim as her own."

--Donald B. Kraybill "Reviews "

"[Bonnet Strings] is a story of empathy and depth that reveals the wrenching decision that Amish people who consider leaving their culture must make."

--Callie T. Wiser "Reviews "

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