Buchnummer des Verkäufers
2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Gold Seal
Wrestling with issues of polygamy, homosexuality, and modernity, Gabriel’s Daughters examines them through the lives of the large, loving, and polygamous Martin family. The story is told primarily through the eyes of Zina Martin, a young girl who—upon discovering she is impregnated by her “sterile” teacher and will soon be married off to a man three times her age—escapes the enclosed polygamous town of Gabriel’s Landing, Utah. Zina then embarks on a journey of self-discovery, yet she can never fully escape the longing she has for her family and even the controversial and outdated lifestyle she once lived. Through both tears and triumph, Gabriel’s Daughters reveals a moving story that not only acts as insightful social commentary but also prompts readers to re-evaluate their lives.
From the Author:
As I began to write Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys, I told Zina's story as well as her sister Louisa's, but it soon became evident that the timeline of the two tales would prove to be problematic, so I had to remove Zina's story and promise her she would have a book of her own. Zina, thank you for your grace and your patience.
Zina's sister Amy was a complete surprise and didn't show up in my original outline,but by then she had grown up to be a lovely teenager and asked if she could appear in the book. I realized that her story was just as significant in its own way as her older sisters', who, incidentally, were delighted to welcome her and her story. This storyline broadened the perspective and brought the book full circle, giving balance and perspective to the narratives of Zina, Louisa, and Amy Martin, three remarkably different sisters I created on paper and have grown to love.
When I was a freshman at Utah State University, I took a wonderful course called "Introduction to Folklore" taught by Austin E.Fife, Ph.D. He and his wife Alta were called "the founders of Mormon folklore studies" by Eric A. Eliason. William A. Wilson describes their profound influence on folklore in Utah: "Austin and Alta Fife devoted much of their lives to interpreting the Mormon and Western culture that produced them. Just as their parents and grandparents had helped pioneer the West, they broke new ground in American Folklore scholarship---in the study of Mormon Folklore, cowboy and western folksong, and material folk culture---and charted a course others were to follow."
As a wedding/graduation gift, Dr. Fife presented me with a kiss on the cheek and a copy of Saints of Sage and Saddle, a book he and his wife authored. More than forty years later, I thank him for his influence in my education and in my life.
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