Amity & Sorrow (Paperback)
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Amity & Sorrow (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 29/08/2013
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AMITY & SORROW is a story about God, sex, and farming. It's THE LOVELY BONES meets WITNESS: an unforgettable journey into the horrors a true believer can inflict upon his family, and what it is like to live when the end of the world doesn't come.

In the wake of a suspicious fire, Amaranth gathers her children and flees from the cult where her children were born and raised. Now she is on the run with no one but her barely-teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, neither of whom have ever seen the outside world, to help her. After four days of driving without sleep, Amaranth crashes the car, leaving the family stranded at a gas station, unsure of what to do next. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of a downtrodden farmer, a man who offers sanctuary when the women need it most.

AMITY & SORROW is the story of these remarkable women, their lives before the night they fled, and their heartbreaking, hopeful future. Over the course of a season Amaranth will test the limits of her faith, and her daughters will test the limits of her patience. While Amity blossoms in this new world, free from her father's forbidding rules and ecstatic worship, Sorrow will move heaven and earth trying to get back home... And, meanwhile, the outside world hasn't forgotten about the fire on the compound.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780755394388
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 238 g
Dimensions: 199 x 135 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
One of the most exciting books to be published this year * Good Housekeeping *
[A] delicately stitched, finely patterned and poetic novel... packed with shock and hope * New York Times *
A startlingly original, intelligent and beautiful first novel that I found riveting from page one. I can only wait with great anticipation for what comes next from Peggy Riley -- Michael Connelly
'A literary page-turner' * Reader's Digest *
'Once in a while a book comes along that can not only grip you but keep you thinking long after the last page. Enter Amity & Sorrow... a stunningly original contemporary classic [with] remarkable characterisation and intense plot. I urge you to read Riley's novel' * Stylist *
'A story about God, Sex and Farming, as two girls do a runner from a cult. It's ace' * Heat *
'A debut that will haunt and inspire' * Elle *
'A taut debut, this will appeal to fans of Emma Donoghue's Room' * Grazia *
'An impressive and often pretty harrowing debut novel [with] strength and power' * Daily Mail *

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Leilah at Doncaster

“A switchback ride!”

A novel that grabs the reader by the wrist and takes them on a switchback ride between two very different ways of living :- That of scratching a living by raising crops out of dust-dirt fields; and that of raising... More

Hardback edition
3rd April 2013
Helpful? Upvote 52

“A good read”

Peggy Riley’s style in this beautifully written, unsettling novel took me a little while to get used to. The story jumps about a lot - from flashbacks of their life in the cult, to present day on the run from the... More

Hardback edition
26th March 2013
Helpful? Upvote 36

“A really interesting novel.”

I loved this book because i had no idea where it was going. Starting with a family running (not all of them willingly)from a cult of many wives, this tale of their lives and the revealing of secrets is engaging and... More

Hardback edition
5th July 2013
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