Debut novelist explores Amish life after world catastrophe

By on July 12, 2017

How would the Amish respond if the outside world suddenly wants everything they have?

Set in the near future, “When the English Fall” follows an Amish farmer named Jacob in the wake of a calamitous storm that devastates much of the modern world. The English &tstr; what the Amish call outsiders &tstr; become more and more desperate for food and safety away from the chaotic city, and they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they can and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceful community.

“When the English Fall” examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos. How can members of a nonviolent society defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams will read from and discuss his debut novel on Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St., Lititz.

“I hope my novel reveals a little about who we are as human beings and how fundamentally connected we are, no matter our beliefs,” says Williams.

A theologian and pastor in the Presbyterian Church, Williams’ writing has appeared in Wired magazine, The Christian Century, and OMNI. A lifelong Washington, D.C. resident, he now lives in Annandale, Va.

The event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased at Aaron’s Books may be presented for signing. Books can be pre-ordered by calling Aaron’s Books at 627-1990 or by email at

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