Amity & Sorrow: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Apr 16, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go--her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the world holds outside their father's polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley's abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.

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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

Not knowing much about religious cults made this an interesting book to read, no matter how much is close to the truth situation in such a closed off place. I thought the grandpa had the best ... Read full review

Couldn't get past the foul language.

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This book should come with a warning regarding how raw and realistic the contents are. This book is disturbing and the author uses a lot of foul language. Maybe I am just not spiritually mature enough ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and has been published in "New Short Stories 4", Mslexia Magazine, and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender's prison. Originally from Los Angeles, Peggy now lives on the North Kent coast in Britain. She is currently working on her second novel, which will be set in the women's internment camp on the Isle of Man during WWII.

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