"Acclaimed playwright Granville Burgess is simply a great writer, and in his first novel, a tender, romantic book, his prose sings."
- Steven S. Drachman, author of the award-winning
Watt O'Hugh series (Chickadee Prince Books)
"Burgess weaves a page-turner tale of intrigue and romance. A skillful, colorful, witty novel, full of humor and intelligence, with memorable, well-rounded characters who feel life-like enough to hug. Burgess has treated us to a rare glimpse inside the rich and complex community life of the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish."
- Elizabeth Oberbeck, author of
The Dressmaker (Henry Holt & Co.)
Rebecca Zook lives with her close Amish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She has always loved her family and the Amish way of life, so she’s having difficulty understanding why, lately, she feels as stuck as a stone in the family crick.
On the surface, Rebecca tries not to let this feeling show. After all, she has nothing to complain about. The family farm is thriving and, after completing her chores, she enjoys working at Mrs. Ansbacher’s quilt shop, where she puts her talent for quilting into practice. And her fiancé, Jacob, is a good, honest man with his own successful farm.
Even so, Rebecca feels restless. An artist by nature, she longs to make unusual quilts with new designs, but the Amish distrust artistic expression, fearing it can lead to the sin of pride. As for Jacob, while he’s certainly a match any Amish girl would love, Rebecca worries their union will lack something special, a feeling she’s careful to keep to herself.
Then good-looking Englisher Gregory Pinckney comes to the county, searching for the birth mother he never knew. Despite their differences, Rebecca and Gregory find a common bond in their love of horses, especially Gregory’s horse, Bojangles. As their friendship grows, Rebecca’s heart is torn in yet another direction.
Rebecca isn’t the only woman drawn to Gregory. Beautiful, spirited Wanda Heminger has set her sights on the handsome young man. The daughter of dissolute horse-farm owner Ivan Heminger, Wanda is an accomplished rider. Rebecca comes from a culture where animals are meant for work, not play, how can she hope to match Wanda’s riding skills, not to mention her rival’s education and worldliness?
When her father loses his savings, the family farm is threatened. Then Bojangles is poisoned in an insurance scam, and a furious Gregory sets out to find and punish the person responsible. The culprit is willing to go to any length to conceal his crime, including murder. Gregory’s life is in danger, Rebecca’s world is unraveling, and a way out seems all but impossible.
A stirring tale of intrigue and danger set against the backdrop of a traditional Amish community, Stone in the Crick will delight lovers of romance and anyone drawn to dramatic mystery novels.
Granville Wyche Burgess is a playwright, lyricist, novelist, director, actor, producer, and teacher. His plays, musicals, and teleplays have been produced nation-wide and on network and cable TV. An EMMY nominee, he has received numerous grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of two screenplays, a novel about Shoeless Joe Jackson, and a children’s book. He has produced, directed, or acted in over fifty musicals and plays.
Granville is co-founder and CEO of Quill Entertainment Company, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and producing original history musicals. He is a graduate of the Philips Exeter Academy, Princeton University (magna cum laude) and the Catholic University of America (MFA) and has taught acting, directing, playwriting, and screenwriting at numerous schools and theaters.
Born in Greenville, SC, Granville lives in Greenwich, CT with Reba Beeson, his Amish-Mennonite wife. They have four children: Emily, Loring, Morgan, and Clara.
- EMMY nomination
for Outstanding Achievement/TV Serial for the soap opera CAPITOL.
- Pennsylvania Council
on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
- Winner, Center
for Southern Studies Playwriting Competition
- Runner-up, Children's
Theatre of Palo Alto New Play Contest
- The National Endowment
for the Humanities
- Pennsylvania Council
on the Arts Five-County Arts Fund
- The Ethel Sargent
- The Snowden Foundation
- The Redskin Foundation
- International Humanities,
- The United States
Department of the Interior
- Youth Friends'