The Visionist

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Thorndike Press, Jun 11, 2014 - Fiction - 545 pages
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An enthralling first novel about a teenage girl who finds refuge--but perhaps not--in an 1840s Shaker community.
After 15-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 all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of "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. 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--even her faith--on Polly's honesty and purity.

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User Review  - Janis - Goodreads

Just finished this book, and I am so glad I read it. I was totally engrossed in the characters, the reasons they did what they did, and, in general, the excellent writing and solid story line. Below ... Read full review

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User Review  - Garryvivianne - Goodreads

Young Polly has been brought up into a poor, bleak life, with an overly abusive father, to her mother AND herself. She has a young brother who her father at one time tries to drown. She takes it upon ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Rachel Urquhart's work has been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, and Spy, among other publications, and she is the author of three Chic Simple lifestyle books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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