“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.”

– BRIAN YOUNG, author of Healer of the Water Monster

 

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How far would you go for freedom, love, and safety?

The true story of an Amish girl who escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, so she could go to school

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 had 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 Tim Ferriss said when he interviewed Torah:

“For those of you who feel trapped because of a job or self-imposed obligations as an entrepreneur, [Torah’s story] will put things in perspective.

 

“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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"Absolutely a must-read"

Absolutely a must-read. It is an easy yet well-written read that deals with incredibly complex themes. . . . As someone who has read quite a few books and memoirs dealing with themes of trauma and overcoming obstacles, I have to say this memoir has it all.

I found this book and the author’s personal journey to be so inspiring and empowering, as she describes and reflects on her escape from a terrible situation at a young age as well as her entrance into a culture (and even a language) quite different from her own.

Her journey from Amish upbringing to graduating from one of the most elite universities in the USA is amazing.

Highly, highly recommended, and my congratulations to the author for her success and hard work in processing so many traumas allowing her to be able to share her story in written form with us!

Melanie Jones, Reader Review

"Highly recommend . . . inspiring true life story about succeeding despite all odds"

Congratulations to Torah for being able to process her traumatic childhood experiences enough to be able to write a memoir. This is a very inspiring and engaging story about how the author, a 15-year-old female, managed to escape from a terrible situation.

Despite being uneducated at the time her escape and not speaking English as her first language, she then goes on to graduate from one of the most elite universities in the USA.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for inspiring true life stories about overcoming trauma, self-empowerment (especially female empowerment), and succeeding in life despite all odds.

Keerthi Vemulapalli, Reader Review

"Couldn't put it down"

I read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down.

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"This book kept me riveted until the end"

This book is awakens one to the awful potentials of the closed Amish community

This book kept me riveted until the end. The emotional lows that she went through were so painful and traumatizing that I could empathize with her pain and hope now she can live a better life.

Tina, Reader Review

Why Read Amish Girl in Manhattan?

This book is to let you know that you don’t have to be extraordinary to be Extraordinary.

If you read it, you’ll find a part of yourself in my story.

It’s for you if you’ve ever felt foreign in the body or culture you were born in.

Or if you’ve dedicated your life to answering the questions:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
Why don’t my parents love me?
Why does bad shit happen to me?
Will I ever be happy and loved?

 

Torah Bontrager

Amish Girl in Manhattan (a crime memoir)

If you think you’re stuck or trapped with no way out, read this to:

  • Know that you’re not crazy or alone
  • Become accepting of your PTSD and triggers
  • Understand the trauma process

“This book kept me riveted until the end.”

Tina

“Absolutely a must-read. It is an easy yet well-written read that deals with incredibly complex themes.

“As someone who has read quite a few books and memoirs dealing with themes of trauma and overcoming obstacles, I have to say this memoir has it all.”

Melanie Jones

Trauma Survivor

“This is a very inspiring and engaging story about how the author, a 15-year-old female, managed to escape from a terrible situation.”

Keerthi V.

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