Amaranth flees her husband, a cult leader who has 49 other wives. She takes her two teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, along. They have never known any life outside their strange religion and the compound that housed it. They have no concept of the 21st century world. It reminded me somewhat of Linda Crew's historical YA novel, Brides of Eden, where the cult uses motion as prayer and perverts sexuality. Amity & Sorrow gets off to a great start with a car wreck, when Amaranth after driving for four days, fearful her husband will find them. Her two daughters were tied together at the wrist, the why slowly unfolds as the reader finds out what led to her fleeing with her daughters.
Mainstream Fiction * General Fiction