A NoveleBook - 2014
Fifteen-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called the City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves across the Northeast are being visited by extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific "Visionist" and bringing renown to their settlements. The City of Hope has not yet been blessed with a Visionist, but that changes when Polly arrives and is unexpectedly exalted. Yet Polly's past haunts her, and a young arson investigator -- with his own complicated history -- is on her trail. As she struggles to keep her dark secrets concealed in the face of increasing scrutiny, Polly finds herself in a life-changing friendship with a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who will stake everything -- including her faith -- on Polly's honesty and purity.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014