Ophelia's War by Alison McLennan
The Secret Story of a Mormon Turned Madam

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People spend a lot of time “screaming” dialogue at each other. None of these are hallmarks of actual conversation. Despite this tic, and the novel’s abrupt ending, Ophelia’s War is an interesting novel by a fresh young writer.
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The priceless ruby necklace secretly given to fifteen-year-old Ophelia Oatman by
her dying mother isn’t easily given away—nor is her virginity. But Ophelia must
choose between them. The necklace becomes both Ophelia’s ticket to freedom and
shackles of shame. Fate, family legacy, hair color, the shape of her skull, sex,
survival, the completion of the transcontinental railroad, and the tension
between Mormons and Gentiles in the Utah Territory converge to shape her
destiny. Ophelia’s War chronicles the battles for love and survival fought by a
young frontier girl in the nineteenth century: her limited choices between
polygamy and prostitution, the high cost of keeping her jewels, and the
impossibility of protecting them. In an era when many women committed suicide so
they wouldn’t be shunned and face the shame of being damaged goods, the
rebellious and resilient Ophelia uses disgrace and the rubies of her ruin to
reinvent herself and win financial freedom. Yet what is the ultimate cost? Can
love and reconciliation triumph over her loss and shame?
 

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Published June 22, 2016 by Five Star Publishing. 267 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Jul 22 2016

People spend a lot of time “screaming” dialogue at each other. None of these are hallmarks of actual conversation. Despite this tic, and the novel’s abrupt ending, Ophelia’s War is an interesting novel by a fresh young writer.

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