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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saloma Miller Furlong Narrator: Lois Johnson Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

The book is published by Michigan State University Press.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa S. | 2/12/2014

    " This one is hard for me to rate. I usually avoid books that involve such abuse because I have a hard time reading it. I would say the first half of the book took me a LOT to get through. It seemed a bit repetitive at parts and I will admit I almost stopped reading it. I'm glad I didn't because after that, it picked up and became more of the book I thought it would be. The second half of the book was really good. I'm glad I got to learn more about the insight of the Amish, despite this - hopefully - not being the "normal" family. I am so happy that Saloma followed her dreams and is living the life she has wanted to live. I wish you the best of luck Saloma and thanks for sharing your story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet Meissner | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book better than I thought I would. Not your usual Amish tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb Letourneau | 12/27/2013

    " Loved it! Nice chronicle of an amish girls young life culminating with her education at Smith College. I hope there is more to come from Saloma Miller Furlong; her first 20 or so years are covered in this book woven in with her later life. I would love to read about her journey from her "escape" from the amish to her current life working at Amherst College. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mallory | 12/2/2013

    " Interesting memoir about growing up in an Amish community but not the best written book. "

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