Sarasota, FL (PressExposure) October 28, 2009 -- Lucinda Streiker-Schmidt, who left the close-knit Amish community of rural Indiana to start a new life, will sign her novel, A Separate God-Journal of an Amish Girl, at:
Starbucks Saturday, November 7th / 10AM-2PM Bee Ridge & Beneva Sarasota, FL 941-924-7200
Circle Books Sunday, November 8th / 1PM 478 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 941-388-2850
Starbucks Wednesday, November 11th /10AM-12N University Blvd. and Tuttle Sarasota, FL 941-358-6486
Starbucks Thursday, November 12th / 5:30-7:30PM US 41 & Worrington Avenue Sarasota, FL 941-924-4027
Streiker-Schmidt, who married and had two children while in the Amish faith, grew up with questions about the outside world, and after a tumultuous, abusive marriage, divorced her Amish husband and began a new life with her children. After putting herself through nursing school and establishing her career, she began working on her novel, which is based on the journals she kept as a young girl.
A Separate God is a fictional account of her childhood and marriage, but is based on factual events. The novel reveals that all is not well within Amish communities; the outer appearance of a peaceful, hard working society belies that very real dysfunction in some Amish families. Streiker-Schmidt found within her Amish husbandâs family household a saga of physical abuse, incest and frightening repression.
While Streiker-Schmidt condemns the unhealthy environment she found herself in, she also has much love for the community of her youth. Her novel has received much attention and praise from those within the Amish community as well as those from the outside, including former members of the faith.
The book is available at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through the publisher at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com or target.com. Copies of her book will also be available for purchase at the book signing. An audio version is available from the publisher.
Streiker-Schmidt currently resides in Elkhart, Indiana, where she maintains close relationships with her family, treasuring time spent with them and her friends, both secular and Amish.
For more information on the book signing, contact Dolly Hiller / Creative Press 941.365.8113.