Zoe Murdock to Discuss Torn by God: A Family’s Struggle with Polygamy

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Zoe Murdock to Discuss Torn by God: A Family’s Struggle with Polygamy

Time: September 26, 2009 from 2pm to 4pm
Location: The King's English BookShop
Street: 1511 South 1500 East
City/Town: Salt Lake City, Utah
Website or Map: http://www.kingsenglish.com/e…
Phone: (801) 484-9100
Event Type: book, reading/discussion
Organized By: Zoe Murdock - Jenny Lyons
Latest Activity: Sep 5, 2009

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On Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 2:00-3:30 pm, The King’s English Bookshop will present Zoe Murdock in a reading and discussion of her new novel, Torn by God: A Family’s Struggle with Polygamy

Inspired by true events, Torn by God, is a riveting family drama that takes place in 1959 in a small Mormon town in Utah. It chronicles the devastation brought upon the Sterling family when the father has a vision that leads him to become involved with a local polygamist group run by a self-serving fundamentalist. The father comes to believe that the Mormon Church never should have rescinded polygamy. Even though the practice is now against the law and grounds for excommunication, he feels it is something God demands of him. When her father gets more and more involved with the polygamist group, twelve-year-old Beth watches helplessly as her mother sinks into depression and illness. When he leaves town to build a church for the polygamists, the family is cast off by the Mormon community, and it is up to Beth to take care of her sick mother and her little brother.

“This novel does more than tell one family's tragic story; it explores the controversial association between mainstream Mormons and fundamentalist polygamous off-shoot groups such as those led by Warren Jeffs. The book is hard to put down once you start reading it. At once chilling and informative, it exposes the destructive power of fundamentalist religious indoctrination and control. This novel is sure to spark lively discussions, and maybe more than a little controversy.” - FictionWeek.com review
About the author: Zoe Murdock currently lives in California, but she was born and raised in a small Mormon town in Utah. (Her novel is set in that town, and is based on events that took place there.) Although this is her first novel, Zoe has previously published a number of non-fiction books. She and her husband, Doc, teach advanced writing workshops in California (they met in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Utah). Read more about her book at: www.zoemurdock.com

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