Amity & Sorrow

Amity & Sorrow

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316220880
Branch Call Number: F Ril


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Jul 07, 2014

Cannot rate, as I simply could not get interested in the story. I found it very confusing, maybe to abstract for me & I really didn't care what happened.

smc01 Mar 11, 2014

An impressive debut novel with fine character development and a fast pace that keeps the reader involved. The author does a good job of helping the reader understand the lives of the women and children in this polygamous cult. Remarkably well written.

Sep 12, 2013

This is a book about sick people. Warning - there is a graphic description of a little kitten being bashed to death.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2013

"Four days after fleeing from the fundamentalist polygamist Doomsday cult in which she raised her daughters, Amity and Sorrow, Amaranth totals her car in the Oklahoma panhandle. Terrified of her husband (she's the first of his 50 wives), she refuses to leave the land she crashed on, disrupting the life of the farmer who owns it. Meanwhile, true believer Sorrow wants nothing more than to return, while 12-year-old Amity just wants to learn how to read... and help her sister, who is dangerously unbalanced. Told in chapters that alternate between the past and present, the reasons behind Amaranth's fears and Sorrow's zeal slowly become clear. A more disturbing tale than others that share similar concepts (like David Ebershoff's The 19th Wife), this debut is at once wrenching and compelling." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

May 15, 2013

I thought this book was going to have it all. It was hard to read and story jumped around quite a bit.


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