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  - Emma - Goodreads

Really really liked this, though it's not perfect. Urquhart has the perfect writing style for historical fiction, and she is very evocative at points. Her strongest parts are the interpersonal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lh - Goodreads

I'm still thinking about this book the day after, savoring it and telling my spouse about it in bits and pieces - for me, that's the sign of a good book! It took me a while to get into it, not that ... 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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