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  • ISBN: 0063097583
  • ISBN: 9780063097582
  • Physical Description: 334 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2022]

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"Here comes trouble," Rosemary's high school English teacher used to say whenever he saw her. Rosemary has often felt like trouble, and now at thirty-two, her marriage to her college sweetheart, Paul, is crumbling. In a last-ditch attempt to restore it, she agrees to give herself over to a newly formed Christian sect in central Texas, run by charismatic young pastor Papa Jake. While Paul acclimates quickly to the small town of Dawson and the church's insistence on a strict set of puritanical rules, Rosemary struggles to fit in. She finds purpose only when she's called upon to help Julie, a new mother in the community, who is feeling isolated and lost. Then the community is rocked by a series of fires which take some church members' homes and nearly take their lives, but which Papa Jake says are holy and a representation of God's will. As the fires spread, and Julie is betrayed in a terrible way, Rosemary begins to question the reality of her life, and wonders if trouble will always find her--or if she'll ever be able to outrun it.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    *Starred Review* Rosemary lives in Dawes, Texas, a small town run almost entirely by her church. Her husband, Paul, brought her there a few years before in a bid to save their marriage. This cult-like church requires women to sit apart from their husbands and only speak when spoken to, wearing long, antiquated dresses that don't show their skin. "Holy fires" burn from time to time, destroying houses and displacing members of the church. Rosemary has always felt like an outcast within the group—she came only to stay with the man she fell in love with before they came to Dawes. But when Paul begins a crusade to get her pregnant, the pressure to become a mother leaves Rosemary to endure bizarre, controlling rituals from church leadership. As Rosemary navigates her conflicting feelings, one question burns as hot as the town's fires: will she escape? This masterful novel combines readable, lyrical prose with a compelling plot and complex characters. Rosemary herself is a puzzle box, at times seeming apathetic about her situation and other times heroically passionate. Wisdom (We Can Only Save Ourselves, 2021) weaves these tangled threads with overarching themes of how the patriarchy controls women's minds and bodies. Highly recommended. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Mothers > Fiction.
Fires > Fiction.
Marriage > Fiction.
Betrayal > Fiction.
Cults > Texas > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Thrillers (Fiction)

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