Amity & Sorrow

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Amity & Sorrow

Format:  Hardcover,

312 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: Apr 2013

ISBN-13: 9780316220880

ISBN-10: 0316220884

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A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go--her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the world holds outside their father's polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley's abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.


Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9780316220880
ISBN-10: 0316220884
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 312
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0


Review by Library Journal (2013-05-01)

With her deeply traumatized daughters Amity and Sorrow in tow, Amaranth flees her life as the first of 50 wives in a doomsday cult that went up in flames in the Idaho panhandle. Amaranth drives for four days until she crashes her car near a hardscrabble Oklahoma farm. At first, the farm's owner, Bradley, wants nothing to do with the trio, but Amaranth tells him she has nowhere else to go and that she fears her megalomaniacal husband will track them down. Twelve-year-old Amity, whip-smart though illiterate, tries to make sense of her new life while trying to protect Sorrow, who spirals further into religious insanity, desperate to return to the father who raped her.

Verdict: This debut novel from an American playwright now living in England is a vivid, horrifying, gorgeously atmospheric tale of the collateral damage sustained by the young victims of polygamous doomsday cults. With a reading group guide.

[See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.] - Beth Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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