Back Bay Books
On Sale: July 17, 2018
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Dystopian | Science Fiction
Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to
wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island
off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor
worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of
knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male
descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the
wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the
The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the
first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a
ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to
matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when
they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and
die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme.
With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the
children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free
of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it
is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees
something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the
island, that she must share it with the others.
Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At
seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a
woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying
urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what
lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an
uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.
GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic,
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