Title: Elders: A Novel [First Edition]
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
First Edition, First Printing. Very Good condition. Clean pages. Tight binding. Covers may have minor shelf wear. Very Good Dust Jacket Included. (X81). Bookseller Inventory # 100424407
Synopsis: A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship.
Elder McLeod?outspoken, surly, a brash American?is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons??experimenting on the word.? His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother?s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith. But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship.
A novel of unsparing honesty and beauty, Elders announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.
About the Author: Ryan McIlvain grew up in the Mormon Church and resigned his membership from it in his mid-twenties. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2009 to 2011, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
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