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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 444 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1523361778
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1523361779
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.38 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.12 x 9 inches
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First and foremost, Janice Dembosky calls herself a story-teller. Her fascination with the Old Order Amish began in the 1950’s when she stood on her parents’ porch and watched a caravan of black buggies move in to inhabit the farmlands of Western PA. Personal observation was not enough. Dembosky began in-depth research of the religion and customs of the Plain People who desire to live in separation from the modern world.

After her retirement from teaching, Dembosky created her debut novel, The Bond Woman: An Amish Woman’s Love for a Man on the Outside (2015). Her inspiration for that novel was the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, from which she created a modern version. She says she chose to make the Hagar-character Amish “because I needed a social group that would cast a woman out.” Her years of research paid off, rooting her fiction in interesting details about how the Amish maintain their life of separation.

Dembosky admits that she expected to be a “one-book wonder,” but her enthusiastic readers had other plans for her. They called for a sequel, and she obliged with The Covering: Sequel to The Bond Woman (2016). The Covering was just as well-liked as its prequel, and Dembosky found herself buckling to pressure for yet a third book. The Sparrow’s Song (2017) now completes what has come to be known as The Bond Woman Trilogy.

Dembosky’s stories are characterized by unforgettable characters and unpredictable plots. Even though readers commonly refer to them as “Amish books,” they soon find out that The Bond Woman Trilogy is not typical of Amish books in that the stories in it do not romanticize the Amish way of life. Neither do they condemn. Instead, readers find that the Amish in her stories deal with the same struggles as the Outsiders from whom they claim to be separate.

Though Janice Dembosky began her writing career after her retirement from teaching English in a rural Pennsylvania high school, she says it is essentially an application and demonstration of all that she taught her students about writing and research.

While her initial foray into the world of publishing fiction began with “Amish stories,” Dembosky says that she should not be considered only as an author of Amish-themed fiction; rather, her future creative imagination will be piqued by unique human stories wherever she finds them.

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