Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 2013
Categories: Literary, Contemporary Women, Religion
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.
A few of my favorite bloggers have had wonderful things to say about this book recently. After reading their reviews I had a feeling that this would be a book I could sink my teeth into. I requested it from Netgalley, was approved, and started reading it immediately.
I love when I’m right. I did sink into this tale and rarely lifted my eyes from this book until I was finished.
Amity & Sorrow describes a life that I can only imagine. Amaranth’s daughters have been so sheltered that reading their experiences outside of the polygamous cult was like seeing the world through the eyes of much younger children.
Amity is open to her new experiences. She is eager to learn about this new place she’s found herself in. Sorrow, on the other hand, is extremely disturbed and wants nothing more than to go back to the life she had with her father.
This story is sometimes disturbing. What was started as an idealized way to live and love devolves into an alarming lifestyle. (The consummation of every new wife is witnessed by all previous wives, etc.)
As the author, Peggy Riley, says in the video below: Amity & Sorrow is a book about God, sex, and farming. How can you resist that?
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