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Mette Ivie Harrison. The Prodigal Daughter (Soho Press, $27.95 Signed).
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, has it become easier to speak out about sexual assault in religious communities?
Linda Wallheim, increasingly disillusioned with her religion, has begun marriage counseling with her husband, Kurt, a bishop in the Mormon Church. On other days, Linda occupies herself with happier things, like visiting her five grown sons and their families.
When Linda’s eldest son, Joseph, tells her his infant daughter’s babysitter, a local teenager named Sabrina Jensen, has vanished, Linda can’t help but ask questions. Her casual inquiries form the portrait of a girl under extreme pressure from her parents to be the perfect Mormon daughter, and it eventually emerges that Sabrina is the victim of a terrible crime at the hands of her own classmates—including the high school’s golden boys and future church leaders.
Linda’s search for Sabrina will lead her to the darker streets of Utah and cause her to question whether the Mormon community’s most privileged and powerful will be called to task for past sins.
Mette Ivie Harrison (she/her) is the national best-selling, award-winning author of The Bishop’s Wife, published in 2014 with Soho Press. She holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Princeton, is an All-American triathlete, and has five children. Before writing adult mysteries, she wrote numerous YA fantasies, including the award-winning and acclaimed Mira, Mirror, and The Princess and the Hound.
For nearly fifty years, she was an active, believing Mormon, a scriptorian and honored Brigham Young University scholar. But in 2019, she stepped away from formal affiliation from the church, in 2020 separated from her Mormon husband of 30 years, and is currently trying to figure out what happens next. She continues to think of herself as “Mormon” in a broader, cultural sense of the term.