Brides of Eden by Linda Crew
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I felt a tingling going through me and I fell to the floor with the others. Such a crying and a wailing, and all our private anguishes emptying from us, rushing forth, like a creek into a river, and all the rivers to the ocean. The window glass vibrated with the stomping of the floor and the pounding of the benches, like breakers on the shore, and the holy power of Joshua filled that room to where it seemed the very walls would crash into splinters at his command.

Corvallis, Oregon, is a sleepy town in 1903. An ordinary town.

Then Joshua arrives, and nothing will ever be the same again. A young and charismatic preacher, Joshua wins converts to his fiery brand of Christianity and casts his spell over the town's young women. Insisting on simplicity, he commands them to burn their worldly possessions. Demanding devotion to Christ, he tells them to abandon their domestic duties.

But strange rumors begin to surface, and the smoldering suspicions of the fathers and sweethearts of Joshua's devoted followers soon explode into rage. Before it's all over, families will be torn apart and lives will be lost.

In this true, stranger-than-fiction tale, sixteen-year-old Eva Mae tells of the excitement and horror of being swept up in a group bearing an uncanny resemblance to contemporary "End Time" cults. Her gripping story reminds us that no one is entirely immune to the power of a single charismatic voice heard at a vulnerable time.


About Linda Crew

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The approach I take with my writing is to have my work reflect real life, and yet be shaped into the best story possible. I feel that a powerful piece of fiction can often convey an emotional truth more compellingly than a strictly factual version.""--Linda Crew Linda Crew is a recipient of the IRA Children's Book Award and the Golden Kite Award, and her books have been named ALA Notables as well as ALA Best Books. Linda Crew didn't always have to be a writer. In fact, while attending junior high school in the early sixties, this award-winning author wanted to be a folksinger. By high school, when it bad become apparent to her that she really couldn't sing, she decided to become an actress. Then, at the University of Oregon, her theatrical ambitions evaporated. At her mother's suggestion, Crew switched her major to journalism--and loved it. Crew's training was in journalism--interviewing, researching, and marketing--and she was encouraged to present the facts accurately and without fuss. But her assigmnents always ended up full of dialogue and she "had this compelling urge to make a story just a little better than the way it happened." Thus, her talent for writing fiction was born. After college, Linda Crew married her husband Herb and settled on a farm in her home state of Oregon, where the couple still resides today with their three children. Crew leads a full, busy life and admits, "It's difficult sometimes to carve out the time for writing with so many other demands, but it's important for me to do some living. After all, what could a person possibly write about if she spent all day closeted in front of her computer?" Book List"Long Time Passing""Children of the River"An ALA Best Book for Young AdultsAn IRA Children's Book AwardA Golden Kite AwardNew York Public Library Books for the Teen Age "Fire on the Wind"Maine Student Book Award Master List 1996-1997Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List 1996-1997 "Nekomah Creek"An ALA Notable Children's Book "Nekomah Creek Christmas" Author Fun Facts"Previous jobs: "Florist, mail carrier, visitor center receptionist for the Forest Service at Cape Perpetua "Pets: "One lively black cat named Goblin "Favorite . . . ,""," . hobbies? I like theater. I enjoy working with dried flowers, also sewing, especially creative things like doll clothes and costumes. I am notorious in my house for going overboard on costumes! . . . foods? chocolate! . . . clothes to wear? jeans or long dresses . . . colors? green, of course! I'm an Oregonian. . . . books? good children's books
Published February 28, 2001 by HarperTeen. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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At the turn of the 20th century, 16-year-old Eva Mae Hurt and her family were proud members of the Salvation Army in their peaceful town of Corvallis, Oregon.

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Bewildered by his power over women, one of Joshua's ''brides,'' 16-year-old Eva Mae Hurt, tells the story.

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But when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, the men discover that Creffield has been intimate with nearly everyone of his followers on the flimsy excuse that he was trying to find the “second mother.” What ensues is a strange string of events in which many of the once-rational women are decl...

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