About the Author

Cynthia Keller’s novel AN AMISH CHRISTMAS (Ballantine Hardcover; October 26, 2010) celebrates life’s simplest but most essential values with a narrative that will resonate with families across the country—particularly in these tough economic times. Keller invites us into the world of a suburban family grappling with the prospect of homelessness, and into an Amish community that challenges their expectations about home, family, and the lifestyle they’ve left behind.

AN AMISH CHRISTMAS speaks to our conception of the American dream in more ways than one. Keller says, “My own concern about the environment made the Amish mode of living seem especially important to understand. Global warming, slow living—all the buzz words of today are addressed in Amish life. While I was writing the book, I started hanging my laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer. It got me thinking about food sources, cooking from scratch (I tested Amish recipes on my children) and wanting to learn how to make my own preserves (I’m planning to do that this year). It also made me rethink a slew of related issues, like the ways in which families find satisfaction in their lives and the influence of community.” Richly evoking the tastes, textures and rhythms of a life few of us experience but many of us secretly long for—elements of which we may be able to recreate at home—Cynthia Keller’s AN AMISH CHRISTMAS makes a perfect read heading into the holidays.

Cynthia Keller lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.


To read an in-depth interview with Cynthia Keller, click on the links below: