Gather the Daughters

Gather the Daughters


Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.

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 still-smoldering fires.

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, compulsively readable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.

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  • Diane S ?

    Quite a terrible world for women is created within these pages. Exactly what these girls lives are like are gradually unfolded and the full horror is exposed. I was consumed by this story, but almost ...

  • Taryn

    "Endure. I have done it and so can you.” Years ago, the ancestors escaped the ravaged Wastelands to colonize a small island and start a new society. They wrote Our Book to line out the strict hier...

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    Gather the Daughters is about a small community that lives with no electricity or modern conveniences on an island. They have a church made of stone that sinks into the ground and a holy book written ...

  • Jan

    This book has references to child abuse and incest. While it is not overly graphic and a lot of the abuse is implied, it is an integral part of the story line. This can make this book tough to read at...

  • Bandit

    This book had me at cult. Seriously, I clicked the request button on Netgalley the second I read that word. I'm fascinated by psychology, especially the deviant sort and subsequently all things to do ...

  • Rita

    A talented new authorI'm sure that we will hearing more from Jennie Melamed. This is a debut for her and I will be looking for new books by her. Gather the Daughters is very well written. It's the sub...

  • Zuky the BookBum

    I was so interested in this one because it's ultimately about a cult. A cult who live on an island where very strict rules are put in place. Daughters are used to "comfort" their Father's during the n...

  • ??Rory??

    I won this book from the Goodreads Giveaways.I read this book in one sitting, unable to put it down, but it's taken me almost a month to write this review because although I loved this book, the subje...

  • Sheila

    3.5 stars--somewhere between liked and really liked.The negative: This has all been done before. And, it's a big downer.The positive: I found this engrossing reading. The characterizations and psychol...

  • Nancy

    Once there was a young wife who was making her first ham dinner. She carefully sliced the end off of the ham before putting it into the roasting pan. Her husband queried, "Why did you cut the end of t...