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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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Elders is a refreshingly earnest, clear-eyed, and self-assured debut by a young writer to watch. McIlvain wrestles with sturdy themes, conflicted characters, and big ideas — the stuff of classic literature." Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

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"McIlvain dissects the mix of need and ambition and genuine faith that fuel a disciplined devotion....Earthbound....Honest....Builds to [a] drastic resolution." Slate

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ldquo;A nuanced meditation on faith and commitment that has all the intensity of a stage play. Elders is a powerful and deeply moving debut from a gifted young writer.” T.C. Boyle

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“With strong, economical language, Ryan McIlvain has crafted a terrific story.  From exotic Brazil to an even stranger America. These characters are presented fully and with great affection. I'm certain this is the first of many fine works from an important new voice.” Percival Everett

About the Author

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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dreena, April 2, 2013 (view all comments by dreena)
McIlvain's prose carries the reader on a tide of emotions as two young missionaries confront their faith and each other on their mission in Brazil. Although set in the context of a Mormon missionary experience, the missionaries, McCloud and Passos, confront universal questions of faith and doubt and leave the readers thinking about the core and truth of their own values. McIlvain is most assuredly on his way as a new, talented writer. Wow!
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ISBN:
9780307955692
Author:
McIlvain, Ryan
Publisher:
Hogarth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.9 x 1.01 in 1.0375 lb

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Product details 304 pages Hogarth - English 9780307955692 Reviews:
"Review" by , Elders is a refreshingly earnest, clear-eyed, and self-assured debut by a young writer to watch. McIlvain wrestles with sturdy themes, conflicted characters, and big ideas — the stuff of classic literature."
"Review" by , "McIlvain dissects the mix of need and ambition and genuine faith that fuel a disciplined devotion....Earthbound....Honest....Builds to [a] drastic resolution."
"Review" by , ldquo;A nuanced meditation on faith and commitment that has all the intensity of a stage play. Elders is a powerful and deeply moving debut from a gifted young writer.”
"Review" by , “With strong, economical language, Ryan McIlvain has crafted a terrific story.  From exotic Brazil to an even stranger America. These characters are presented fully and with great affection. I'm certain this is the first of many fine works from an important new voice.”
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