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A page-turning literary debut about a mother and her two teenage daughters escaping a cult and starting over.
Two sisters sit in the backseat of a car, bound at the wrists by a strip of white cloth. Their mother, Amaranth, drives for days without pause, desperate to get away from the husband she fears will follow them to the earth's end. Her daughters, Amity and Sorrow, cannot comprehend why they're fleeing or fathom what exists outside their father's polygamous compound. When an exhausted Amaranth crashes their car in rural Oklahoma, rescue arrives in the form of Bradley, a farmer not unfamiliar with loss and uncertain futures. At first mistrustful of the strange, prayerful trio, Bradley allows his abiding tolerance to get the best of him, and the four become a new kind of family.

Full of achingly beautiful prose, AMITY and SORROW is a mesmerizing debut about belief, redemption, and the dark heart of extreme faith.

About the Author

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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The Loopy Librarian, July 20, 2014 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
I’ll be haunted by this story for quite some time. The narration sets a tone of fear and despair. Immediately, the reader is thrown into the desperate, frantic situation of a mother on the run with her two daughters. The characters have been brainwashed and this fact is exhibited in their thoughts and actions making them very creepy and disturbing. Even so, Amity’s humanity and Sorrow’s anger show through as does the level of their mother’s desperation and ultimately, her hope. But, the horror never truly leaves, giving the reader an unsettling experience. Booklist gave it a starred review, and while this is outside my usual genre, I’d have to agree.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316220873
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Riley, Peggy
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.66 lb

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