April 20, 2013

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley



Publication Date: April 2013
Categories: Literary, Contemporary Women, Religion

Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

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? 




Other bloggers thoughts:

That's What She Read
Words for Worms
BermudaOnion's Weblog
The Picky Girl
Linus's Blanket (An interview with Peggy Riley)


22 comments:

  1. Amity & Sorrow sounds intriguing! I read a memoir about a polygamous cult before and it was hard to put down. It was called Shattered Dreams.
    I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

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    1. I looked up Shattered Dreams. Wow! It sounds like something I'd really like to read :)

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  2. I'm so excited to read this book! I have it from Netgalley too but have a few other review commitments to get through first.

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    1. I think you'll like it Sam ;) I can't wait to hear what you think!

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  3. I too have seen this book everywhere but not sure if I will pick it up. Topic is very distressing.

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    1. It is distressing, that's no lie. I should say that the most disturbing scenes are illusory rather than overt. But yes, still disturbing.

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  4. Another great review of this one means I probably have another book to add to that growing pile!

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  5. I'm requesting now! (Well, I was pre-approved, but I'm going to download it now!). I'm glad you were right, too, because I've been waiting for YOUR review to decide whether or not I wanted to read it :)

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    1. It's quite the book! I hope you love it and I'll be waiting to hear your thoughts :)

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  6. You guys are killing me, too many great reviews on this one. I'm going to add it to the TBR pile, for sure!

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    1. Peer pressure works!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ;) JK Monika, I hope you like this one!

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  7. Currently thinking of requesting this, too. Interesting to hear the description from the author (that God sex farming part), it's made me view it in a slightly different light, as in made me think there might be more to it than I'd thought.

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    1. God, sex, and farming ;) Isn't that the best phrase?? I hope you do request it!

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  8. I love when you find a book that you don't want to put down. This one sounds like a page turner!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  9. Cults are freaky and fascinating, but I think I prefer reading about them in general - not in fiction form. Amity & Sorrow was good, but it was also just so foreign to me. I just couldn't really get over Amaranth's complicity in what happens to her daughters and the naive belief that she could just put them in school & they'd learn. After not having any real knowledge or reading skills, no way would that work. Just strange.

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    1. I'd like to find a good nonfiction book about cults and/or polygamy. Those girls were pretty much lost causes, sadly. I understand where you are coming from. Strange indeed ;)

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  10. Your review was one of the ones that prompted me to download this book. I was pre-approved but the topic put me off. I read your review and a few others and just had to read it. I just finished off my thoughts for posting on my blog later today.

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! I'll definitely be checking out your review later on :)

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  11. I received a galley from the book's UK publisher, Tinder Press, and I... could not get into it. I was kind of lukewarm on the premise, and I ended up putting it down after 90 pages. But I keep seeing such great reviews of it! To each her own, I guess.

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    1. Ah, that's too bad. You are so right. To each her own :) We all have different tastes. That's a good thing. The world would be pretty boring if not!

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