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There are two ways to leave the Amish #x14; one is through life and the other through death. When Saloma Miller Furlong#x19;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#x19;s mental illness, her brother#x19;s brutality, her mother#x19;s frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish #x14; 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 #x14; and without #x14; this frequently misunderstood community.
Saloma Miller Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio, which she left in her quest for freedom and a formal education. She graduated from Smith College in 2007 and currently works in the German Department and European Studies Program at Amherst College.
Table of Contents
Datt's Struggle with Life
Do You Remember Me?
Reckoning with Joe
In the Shadows of the Buggies
A Grain by the Wayside
What Do You Mean by Love?
Wrapping a Plan
Out of the Woods
Naming Practices among the Amish
Differences between Amish and Mennonites
Terms for ôOutsidersö
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