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The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart
  

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An absorbing historical novel set in Massachusetts in the 1840s in a Shaker community – a religious sect rarely explored in literature. Written from three different perspectives, Polly, our heroine who’s escaping an abusive father and the fire she lit that killed him, Simon Pryor, a fire investigator who is hot on Polly’s heels and Sister Charity, a young Shaker woman who befriends Polly and slowly uncovers her secrets. On the way we’re given an intriguing story and a detailed view of the Shaker community. Fascinating and compelling.

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The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart

'It was years before a Visionist came to the City of Hope. How could I have fathomed that her presence in our small, remote sanctuary - as unforeseen to her as to anyone - would change everything?' Massachusetts, 1842. Fifteen-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to her family farm, killing her abusive father. With his fiery ghost at her heels, Polly and her young brother seek refuge in a local Shaker community - the City of Hope. Polly has much to hide from this mysterious society of believers, with the local fire inspector on her trail and the ever-present daemons from her past. But when they hail her a 'Visionist', the first their community has known, she is subject to overwhelming scrutiny. Despite being fiercely protected by a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who has never known the outside world yet will stake her very soul on Polly's purity, Polly finds herself in danger from forces both sides of the City's walls. And in a world where faith and fear coexist, safety has a price...Rachel Urquhart conjures a cast of extraordinary characters and brings to life one of history's most fabled and mysterious religious movements.

About the Author

Rachel Urquhart is a former writer at Spy, Vogue, and Allure magazines. Her non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, Elle, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, and Vanity Fair. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th September 2014

Author

Rachel Urquhart

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471113345

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