The Ash Family

The Ash Family

A Novel

Book - 2019
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When a young woman leaves her family, and the civilized world, to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost, in this lush and searing debut novel. At nineteen, Berie encounters a seductive and mysterious man at a bus station near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she finds herself compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, she joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains, bound together by high ideals and through relationships she can't untangle. Berie, now renamed Harmony, renounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear. Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness, and the beautiful and grotesque power of the human spirit as it seeks its ultimate place of belonging.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019
ISBN: 9781501144868
1501144863
9781501144875
1501144871
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dektar, Molly
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm

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Carolwagers
May 30, 2019

A tale of a cult, an explanation of how easily young people can be drawn into the sway of a charismatic leader. This book is well-written, but more importantly it has an important message of understanding how the vulnerable can be convinced to commit unspeakable Acts. An excellent Book for a book club discussion.

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