Saloma Miller Furlong
Author and Speaker

Bonnet Strings: An Amish

Woman's Ties to Two Worlds

is my second book 



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Reviews of Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds: 

The reader is in a conversation with Saloma from page one. The conversation isn’t one-sided, as some memoirs tend to be. It is a conversation that asks you to engage and that rewards you in return. ~ Callie T. Wiser, producer of PBS American Experience documentaries “The Amish” and “The Amish: Shunned”

In this memoir of the Bildungsroman genre, 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 poignant lens with which to view Furlong’s journey. ~Vi Dutcher, professor of language and literature, Eastern Mennonite University

"This story includes all the elements of a good romance: attraction, danger, secrets, beautiful scenery, obstacles, culture clashes, and old-fashioned chivalry."~ Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush.

"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, co-author of The Amish.

Bonnet Strings is a sequel to my first book:

Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir




Excerpts of reviews of Why I Left the Amish

Readers thirsty for a primer on Amish life will enjoy the detail, description, and insider knowledge. Yet lurking behind customs and practices outsiders label quaint and admire for supposed simplicity are powerful forces of control, chauvinism, and cruel constraint exposed by Furlong. ~ Lisa Romeo, ForeWord Reviews

If the PBS documentary intrigued you, then you're likely to want to meet Saloma in the pages of her new memoir. While this may sound like a disturbing book, given some of the violent incidents described in the memoir, readers are likely to find themselves astonished at Saloma's graceful way of trying to make some spiritual sense of her family, their culture and her own life in both Amish and outside worlds. ~ David Crumm, ReadtheSpirit

Saloma Miller Furlong has an amazing story. The little Amish girl on the cover of her memoir and the Smith College graduate on the back cover represent two worlds. These two photos illustrate a life journey that has covered, so far, a relatively short distance in time and space, but a huge one in world view. ~ Shirley

Beginning with this Amish metaphor “…as the grains join to make the bread they give up their individuality, so must we give up our individuality to become part of the community,” Saloma chronicles practices “English” rejected with slavery, child abuse and oppression of women. ~ Debbie Salomon, Burlington Free Press


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