Belief by Stephanie Johnson
A Novel

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In 1899, while clearing bush on his poor New Zealand farm, William McQuiggan experiences an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, he leaves his young Australian wife Myra and newborn twins and travels to America in search of God. Belief is the story of William's journey and his marriage to Myra, who follows him from Auckland to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Zion City, Illinois. With each leg of the journey, the family grows until William is the reluctant father of six. During their travels, Myra comes up against her husband's religious zealotry and his slow but inevitable mental disintegration. Spanning 17 years, three countries, and three religions, Belief heralds the US debut of a remarkable writer with a vivid evocation of a bygone way of life.

About Stephanie Johnson

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Never before published in the US, Stephanie Johnson is an accomplished New Zealand writer whose work includes plays for stage and radio, poetry, scriptwriting, and novels. Her novel The Heart's Wild Surf was published by Vintage in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. She is co-founder of the Auckland Writers' Festival and the 2000 Katherine Mansfield Fellow.
Published October 1, 2012 by Random House New Zealand. 396 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The darker side of belief permeates this American debut by New Zealander Johnson, who chronicles a life of spiritual pilgrimage driven by mental instability in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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National Review Online

On the latest stop of her book tour, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she doesn’t belong to any political party on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report last night.

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