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ISBN: 978-0989420082 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0989420051 (ebook)
by Torah Bontrager
Amish Girl in Manhattan: A Crime Memoir
“Torah’s tale is one of immense trials followed by towering triumphs.
Less a book and more a confession from a close friend. Riveting, inspiring, empowering.”
A true crime story
A 15-year-old Amish girl in America escapes in the middle of the night
. . . so she can go to school.
Amish Girl in Manhattan is a very fast read
I have much left to learn, and this memoir is as much of an exploration for me as it is a story for you.
Join me on this journey.
Short stories, not a non-linear narrative
Amish Girl in Manhattan isn’t written as one long timeline. It’s a collection of short stories in mostly chronological order.
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Check out my picks of Amish Girl in Manhattan: A Crime Memoir to take an unfiltered look into my memoir.
This isn’t written as one long timeline; it’s a collection of short stories in mostly chronological order. I move through memories, piecing together what I can into stand-alone stories of my life pre- and post-escape, searching for belonging, family, and meaning.
Choose whichever chapter calls to you. All are a fast read.
I hope some of what I’ve written makes you laugh, inspires you, and moves you to join me in emancipating Amish women and children.
Music was my therapy during the long years of feeling lost, alone, not belonging, without a home.
I included a playlist at the end of each chapter, a sample of what I was listening to at the time to make it through my late teens and twenties.
If you find meaning in other people’s struggles, confusions, flaws, and humanity, pull up a chair and stay awhile.
How far would you go for freedom, love, and safety?
Amish Girl in Manhattan is the tale of a girl whose childhood was so crushing that she literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, without telling anyone goodbye.
She left the only world she’d ever known, crash-landing into one that didn’t speak her language, wear her clothes, and understand her problems.
She gave up everything — family, security, community — in the hopes that one day her dreams might come true.
What #1 bestselling author Tim Ferriss said when he interviewed Torah
“How do you escape your environment if you’re unable to control it? If almost no one on the outside realizes what’s happening?”
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