Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Sister Wife takes place in Unity, a community where polygamy, purity, and obedience are the norm. The story is told in alternating chapters by three young women who have very different perspectives on life within The Movement. Celeste is repulsed by the idea of marrying an old man and having children at fifteen. When she meets John, the opportunity to escape presents itself, and she is torn between her faith and her desire to live her own life. Tatiana is living in Unity after several years on the streets. Nanette, Celeste's younger sister, is ready to marry at thirteen. The thoughtfully written story is never predictable and offers insight into cult life beyond the news headlines. You'll cheer for the girls as they take control of their lives and make their own choices.
Grade 8+