Set in Pennsylvania from 1810-1861: The murder of an Amish baby goes unsolved for more than 50 years, greatly disturbing these Pennsylvania settlers and their newly formed communities. Some families chose to leave the area and continue west, to Ohio, to escape their concerns. Miller's debut novel grips you from the very beginning as she dives deep, illuminating the people's passions and spirit beneath their outwardly stoical Amish appearance.
This historical novel, literary and engaging, examines a close-knit community of Amish pioneers over several decades (right up to the eve of the American Civil War). Employing eight different voices, Miller unpeels the cohesions and tensions as settlers move west while others stay behind. Beneath the surface but never quite forgotten is the unsolved murder of an Amish baby (based on a true incident). This is a story of judgment and misplaced responsibility, of attempts at love and forgiveness, and finally of grace despite unspeakable loss. It is told lyrically from within this often-idealized but sometimes scarred human community. An unforgettable story.
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Evie Yoder Miller grew up on a farm in rural Kalona, Iowa. Through the years she has had short stoires, essays, and poems publishe by a variety of small presses. Here Ph.D. is from Ohio University. Currently she teaches writing and fiction writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitwater.
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