What if you grew up as a special daughter of the leader of a cult? You know and accept the rules and are content on the compound with your mother and her sister wives. But then imagine that your home is shattered and your mother takes you out into the world. Would you adapt or would you hold on to the teachings of your father?
Two sisters sit, side by side, in the backseat of an old car. Amity and Sorrow.—Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley (Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown, 2013, p. 3)
Their hands are hot and close together. A strip of white fabric loops between them, tying them together, wrist to wrist.
Their mother, Amaranth, drives them.The car pushes forward, endlessly forward, but her eyes are always watching in the rearview mirror, scanning the road behind them for cars.
Amity watches through her window, glass dotted by chin, nose, forehead, and calls out all she can see to Sorrow: brown fields and green fields, gas stations and grain elevators. She calls out the empty cross of the power pole. She is watching for the end of the world. Father told them it would come and, surely, it will. They will see its signs, even far from him. Even here.
Sorrow has her head down and her back curled over so she cannot watch. She cups her belly and groans.
- Setting: mostly Oklahoma; Idaho
- Circumstances: a mother escapes her husband and a polygamous cult, taking her daughters with her
- Characters: Amaranth, Sorrow, Amity; Bradley, a widowed farmer; Zachariah, the cult leader
- Genre: contemporary, coming of age, family
- Themes: power of faith, redemption, hope, belief, family, sisters, cults, parental control
In this very short video, author Peggy Riley talks about the inspiration for her novel.
Celebrate Release Day!
Peggy Riley's Amity & Sorrow goes on sale today. As part of the celebration, Riley will be participating in a live Twitter chat today (April 16) at 1:00 PM EDT. Tweet questions to @LittleBrown or @Peggy_Riley and follow along with the hashtags #Amity and #Sorrow.
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