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Author Beverly Lewis grew up in Lancaster, the daughter of a pastor. As a child she interacted with Amish children and developed a fascination for their unique lifestyle. Her maternal grandmother, Ada Buchwalter, had been one of the Old-Order Mennonites, very similar to the Amish. Her grandmother had been shunned by her community for marrying a preacher who was not a Mennonite.
This heritage led Beverly Lewis to write a novel based on her grandmother’s experiences. Published in 1997, The Shunning became a bestselling novel. Beverly Lewis followed up with sequels, The Confession and The Reckoning, which also became bestsellers.
She continued writing novels set in the culture of the old-order Amish, and other writers began to follow her example. A whole new genre in fiction was launched, known as “Amish Romance”.
The original trilogy of novels has become the basis for a new musical, with a libretto by Martha Bolton and music by Wally Nason. Taking its title from the second book in the trilogy, the musical, The Confession, is currently playing at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant, where it will be performing until the end of November.
Below you can hear our feature on the musical, including interviews with producer Dan Posthuma and composer and director Wally Nason.
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