Amity & Sorrow

  • by Peggy Riley
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go - her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the world holds outside their father's polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife.
At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley's abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, Amity & Sorrow is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.

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Interesting Twist on Coming-Of-Age Novel

Highly character-driven, and the characters, while not especially likable, were very compelling. It's a rare book that allows a reader to actively dislike more of the characters but still ardently pull for them to turn out OK. The ending felt unfinished, but that's typical of a lot of "literary" novels, of which this is clearly one. Not sure Id have gotten through the text version but the audio had me listening in my driveway, and while doing housework.
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- L. M. Roberts

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What made the experience of listening to Amity & Sorrow the most enjoyable?

This is a tale about trust--offered, betrayed, avenged, and redeemed. It contrasts the resiliency some souls and the despair of others. It is a classic struggle between what seems to be good and what is revealed to be evil.

It is also a story of love-- between a woman and her daughters, between sisters, between a lonely little girl and an ignored old man, and mostly between a passionate couple that both need to overcome the loss of trust and joy.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Amity & Sorrow?

The farmer's message to the woman he loved expressed by the crops he selected to grow.


What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

The reader had a range of voices. She has a sweet and simple voice that enhanced the sincerity of the story.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book left me hopeful for the redemption of most of the characters.


Any additional comments?

This is a great book. It feels like a classic. It has a very rich plot and wonderful character development. It seems simple but continues to build to the very end of the story.

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- Lisa Alliance

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio