Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley
A Novel

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As in Emma Donoghue's Room, the juxtaposition between guileless protagonist who sees the world anew and the reality of their position as the victim of an evil perpetrator is creepily well rendered.
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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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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.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 316 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by DYLAN LANDIS on Apr 11 2013

...Riley has a gift for metaphor that gives this novel loft, and a rhythmic way of swinging from present to past that creates thrust.

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Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Aug 10 2013

As in Emma Donoghue's Room, the juxtaposition between guileless protagonist who sees the world anew and the reality of their position as the victim of an evil perpetrator is creepily well rendered.

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