Elders: A Novel

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Hogarth, 2013 - Fiction - 293 pages
3 Reviews
A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship.

Elder McLeod--outspoken, surly, a brash American--is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons--"experimenting on the word." His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother's early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith.  But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship.
            A novel of unsparing honesty and beauty, Elders announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
23
Section 4
41
Section 5
55
Section 6
61
Section 7
75
Section 8
87
Section 14
161
Section 15
173
Section 16
187
Section 17
201
Section 18
213
Section 19
229
Section 20
241
Section 21
251

Section 9
97
Section 10
115
Section 11
129
Section 12
143
Section 13
149
Section 22
267
Section 23
273
Section 24
281
Section 25
287
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About the author (2013)

Ryan McIlvain grew up in the Mormon Church and resigned his membership from it in his mid-twenties. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2009 to 2011, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

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