Peggy Riley has taken the subject of polygamy on in her first novel, Amity and Sorrow. Told from the perspective of the first of would-be-prophet’s 50 wives as she flees the compound they call home in a desperate act to save her two daughters, Amity and Sorrow. Amaranth the mother drives for four days straight wrecking her car out of exhaustion, stranding her and her girls in Oklahoma. They meet a struggling farmer and camp out on his porch while they try to find their place in an alien world where woman don’t have to the wear layers and layers of skirts and long sleeves, keep their hair hidden, or only speak when spoken to, a world with reading books and television and telephones. I spent many of my formative years in rural Utah which I credit for my fascination with the modern repercussions of polygamy and Peggy Riley does not disappoint with this richly dark and completely compelling and vastly original story.