Amity & Sorrow

A Novel

Riley, Peggy

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Amity & Sorrow
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Fleeing with her two daughters who have never seen the world outside of their polygamous compound, a desperate woman crashes her car in rural Oklahoma, where she finds unlikely help from a farmer grieving the loss of his wife.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316220880
0316220884
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternate Title: Amity and sorrow

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Jul 07, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 11, 2014
  • smc01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • 4catsdogs rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

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 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635711

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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