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In 1857, at a place called Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, a band of Mormons and Indians massacred 120 emigrants. Twenty years later, the slaughter was blamed on one man named John D. Lee, previously a member of Brigham Young’s inner circle. Red Water imagines Lee’s extraordinary frontier life through the eyes of three of his nineteen wives. Emma is a vigorous and capable Englishwoman who loves her husband unconditionally. Ann, a bride at thirteen years old, is an independent adventurer. Rachel is exceedingly devout and married Lee to be with her sister, his first wife. These spirited women describe their struggle to survive Utah’s punishing landscape and the poisonous rivalries within their polygamous family, led by a magnetic, industrious, and considerate husband, who was also unafraid of using his faith to justify desire and ambition.

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Judith Freeman is the author of three previous novels–The Chinchilla Farm, Set for Life, and A Desert of Pure Feeling– and of Family Attractions, a collection of stories. She lives in California with her husband, the photographer Anthony Hernandez.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A subtle and powerful, if incomplete, indictment of a man and a sect as three wives recall their husband, the Mormon leader executed for his role in the notorious 1857 Mountain Meadow Massacre, where emigrants from Arkansas were murdered by Mormons and their Native American allies.

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Freeman's novel is well researched (drawing heavily upon the work of historian Juanita Brooks), and her nuanced, perceptive portrayal of Mormon life stands in stark contrast to other Mormon-themed fiction (particularly the recent novels of Brigham Bybee).

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Judith Freeman's RED WATER is a beautifully rendered fictionalized account of one Latter-Day Saint family and the tragic event that haunted their lives and threatened the peace of the early Mormon church.

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