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The Glovemaker: A Novel – tekijä: Ann…
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The Glovemaker: A Novel (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Ann Weisgarber (Tekijä)

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For fans of Cold Mountain comes the story of a woman in Mormon country, from the author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree.In the inhospitable lands of the Utah Territory, during the winter of 1888, thirty-seven-year-old Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, to return home from his travels as a wheelwright. It is now the depths of winter, Samuel is weeks overdue, and Deborah is getting worried.Deborah lives in Junction, a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and she earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, she and her neighbours live apart from the outside world, even regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief.When a desperate stranger who is pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. The man, a devout Mormon, is on the run from the US government, which has ruled the practice of polygamy to be a felony. Although Deborah is not devout and doesn't subscribe to polygamy, she is distrustful of non-Mormons with their long tradition of persecuting believers of her wider faith.But all is not what it seems, and when the Marshal is critically injured, Deborah and her husband's best friend, Nels Anderson, are faced with life and death decisions that question their faith, humanity, and both of their futures.… (lisätietoja)

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Set in 1888, The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber is an engrossing historical novel that offers a fascinating glimpse of the Mormon faith.

Thirty-seven year old Deborah Tyler is growing increasingly concerned about her missing husband, Samuel. He left months earlier on his annual journey as a wheelwright. She has not received the usual letters he sends to her but she is reassured by her step-brother-in-law and friend Nels Anderson. Nels' theory is a rock slide forced Samuel to turn around and take a much longer route home. Enough time has passed that they believe Samuel will be home any day. However, their lives are upended when Nels and Deborah help a polygamist evade capture by a federal Marshal. After an altercation leaves the Marshal fighting for his life, Deborah and Nels do everything they can to protect themselves and their close-knit community from any future harm. Both remain on edge as they wait for the Marshal's traveling partners to make their way to their enclave. At the same time, Deborah's fears for Samuel's safety intensify as he fails to return home.

Deborah and Samuel adhere to many tenets of their Mormon faith but they decided to join Nels in Junction, Utah due to their dissatisfaction with some elements of their religion. Joined by a few more families, they still practice their faith but in a more relaxed fashion. With the exception of one family, the small community does not believe in polygamy. In fact, Nels, Deborah and Samuel provide assistance to polygamists who are fleeing deputies who have warrants for their arrest.

While anxiously awaiting Samuel's return, Deborah offers assistance to one of these men. She is very uneasy since few deputies pursue polygamists during the winter months. Sheltering him for one worrisome night, Deborah sends him to Nels who will take him to safety. Apprehensive the snow-covered ground will reveal their assistance, she takes steps to conceal that he was on her premises. Deborah's fears are realized when the Marshall shows up and confronts her with the evidence that she aided the fugitive.

The situation quickly turns dire when Nels seeks Deborah's help for the gravely injured Marshall. Despite Nels' best efforts to protect her, she quickly realizes they are in serious jeopardy. Although she would rather not help the Marshall, Deborah's faith will not allow her to abandon him in his time of need. After her worst fears about his condition are realized, Deborah and Nels do everything they can to protect themselves and the other residents from future repercussions.

Based on true life events, The Glovemaker is a well-written and engaging historical novel. The pacing is a little slow but this adds to the overall tension as the events play out against harsh weather conditions in an extremely isolated area. Deborah and Nels are well-developed characters whose compassion for others could lead to their downfall. Ann Weisgarber provides a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a little known time in Mormon history. A well-researched and thought-provoking novel that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
THE GLOVEMAKER by Ann Weisgarber
I almost stopped reading this novel because of the stream of consciousness style of writing and the repetition of a certain phrase. However, by page 20 I was hooked. Samuel is missing and Deborah, his wife, is waiting for his return when she is surprised by a stranger knocking on her door and seeking assistance.
Utah Territory in the 1880’s is the setting for Junction, a tiny hamlet of Mormon saints who are not anxious to have the official LDS church or the law visit them. The mysteries of Samuel and the stranger make a compelling tale. The tension of the community builds almost to the breaking point. Weisberger handles the tension and the setting very well. Deborah, and Nels, her neighbor and Samuel’s best friend, are realistically written. The forbidding climate and terrain become a part of the story as the tension builds.
A good story, a good writer, and interesting, well drawn characters all combine to make this read well worth your time.
4 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Dec 16, 2019 |
‘’The recent days of sun and spells of warmer afternoon had melted the snow so that it was only calf deep. As day broke, we rode past and around rock formations shaped like cathedrals. Massive pillared walls of rock streaked orange and white sat on top of buttes. Nels steered us away from deep cracks in the earth that appeared without warning. Above us, hawks rode and rafts of air with their wings stretched wide.’’

Utah, 1888. Deborah, a Mormon woman who doesn’t practice polygamy, is waiting for her husband while winter shows its harshest face. Tending the orchards and making gloves, Deborah has secluded herself from the rest of her scattered community. Things change dramatically when two men, from very different backgrounds but equally dangerous and desperate, arrive on her doorstep. From then on, it is a struggle against time and people for her and Nels, her brother-in-law who has his own shadow to face.

I was interested in reading a book about the Mormon community and The Glovemaker was a successful choice. I don’t understand their way of life and I most certainly don’t accept it but the writer chose to construct the story around Deborah and Nels, two people who question and refuse to blindly conform. This prevented me from being alienated to the point of remaining different. In beautiful prose and flowing dialogue, Weisgarber shows us a community isolated from the world around and persecuted to the point of obsession. And she manages to justify the actions of both sides. The ‘’Saints’’ and the ‘’Gentiles’’ are both threatened by people who exploit others using different aspects of religion to satisfy their own ideas and dubious convictions. Deborah and Nels are at the heart of the storm, trying not to fall down, thwarted by rage and revenge. The way the feelings and thoughts of the two main characters were developed and communicated was very effective.

The background of the story is vividly created. The wintry setting, the harsh cold, the dimly lit houses, the ordeal of loneliness and exile are features of this well-written novel, along with the themes of who is ‘’accepted’’ and who is not in a particular community. How can someone feel like a stranger within the premises of their own close-knit environment? What choice is there when you feel the obligation to ‘’protect’’ a criminal just because he is one of the ‘’faith’’? These questions form the essence of the novel and provide the best incentive for a very interesting discussion.

Deborah is a very sympathetic character and the same can be said for Nels. They are not ground-breaking or particularly memorable (hence the 4 stars…) but they are an honest, well-constructed choice for main characters in a book whose success lies in the plot and the way it unfolds, in my opinion. Deborah is the cause of some slight repetition that makes the novel a little bit slow but overall, The Glovemaker is a quiet, beautiful story about choices, their consequences and the strength of women in a world that wants to isolate and manipulate them.

‘’This was what we always did. We didn’t talk about the things that hurt us. Or the things that might. It was as if silence could stop pain and fear.’’

Many thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com/ ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Jul 22, 2019 |
The Glovemaker is set into motion when Deborah, a Mormon wife living in Junction, Utah in 1888, opens her door to a stranger's knock. Junction was settled by a group of Mormon families who strayed from the norms of their church in that they did not build a wardhouse, nor did they appoint a bishop Only one homesteader is polygamous, but the residents are sympathetic to the Saints--men who chose to have multiple wives and believed that this brought them closer to God. Deborah's wheelwright husband, Samuel, has been travelling to outlying towns for work for months but is due home soon. In the past, he has aided Mormons fleeing from the law, helping them find their way to a sanctuary called Floral Ranch. Despite qualms about opening her home to a stranger, Deborah believes that it is her duty to help a fellow Mormon, as Samuel would have done. She feeds the man and lets him sleep in her barn overnight, and after he leaves in the morning, she sends him off to her nearest neighbor, Samuel's best friend Nels, who will take him on to Floral Ranch. She takes pains to conceal the fact that he was ever there. Deborah knows that if he is running, there will be lawmen behind him, and the last thing she wants is to be charged with aiding a criminal. And indeed, a federal marshall soon arrives. He is bent on finding Braden, claiming the man kidnapped a 16-year old girl and made her his third wife. Deborah denies ever seeing the man and directs the marshall to Nels's house, hoping the two men have already left. Soon, the situation takes a turn for the worst.

There was a lot to like about this book. For one thing, I didn't know a lot about the early Mormon church and it's offshoots, nor did I know the extent of the persecution the Mormons endured. One striking event that I had never heard of was a raid on a wagon train of settlers that left all but a handful of children dead--men, women, children, the elderly. While Native Americans were initially blamed, it came out that Mormons had also participated, presumably to avenge the murders of Joseph Smith and his brother. I also appreciated Weisgarber's descriptions of the ominous territory in the deep of winter. Overall, the characters were individualized and well-drawn, and Deborah's internal conflicts--her fears v. her sense of duty, her concern for her sister and her family, her growing dependence on Nels and his apparent attraction to her, and her concern that Samuel should have returned weeks earlier--were handled believably and added to the tension. Overall, this was an enjoyable historical novel.

One note: Despite the title, glovemaking had little to do with the story. There is no glovemaking shop, no customers stopping by, no gloves being made. Yes, Deborah does make gloves, mostly as gifts for family and friends. There is a description of the gloves given to Nels the previous Christmas, Deborah twice pages the through the book where she has recorded people's measurements, and she mentions a few times that it makes her happy to know that Samuel must be wearing the gloves she made for him. That's it. I couldn't see any symbolic meaning there. Not exactly false advertising, but the title really doesn't measure up to the story that Weisgarber tells. ( )
  Cariola | Apr 16, 2019 |
The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber doesn’t look any different from your regular novel, but this book punches well above its weight. It’s a quietly powerful novel with a simple premise – a woman is alone in a tiny town in the middle of winter when a stranger appears. It takes a very skilled writer to make this into an engrossing read that is both sensitive and strong, but Weisgarber has it in spades.

The story is set in the depths of winter in Utah Territory in a tiny town called Junction. (I strongly recommend looking up Fruita or Capitol Reef National Park to get an idea of how gorgeous this area is and also how isolated it would be covered in snow). The town contains only a few families, all members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints but not as connected with the church as their leaders would like them to be. Deborah’s husband Samuel has been due to return home from travelling long ago, but that date has been and gone. Then one day, a stranger to the town knocks on Deborah’s door. Some of the townspeople have helped those Saints escaping the law for polygamy, and Deborah knows this. (In fact, she’s been part of it, directing the men on). But nobody ever shows up in winter. This stranger must have something more to hide. But his presence brings another stranger which will change the town forever…

The Glovemaker is beautifully written. Even the simplest of Deborah’s chores are described carefully, giving a clear picture of what a hard life it would have been during the winters in such inhospitable territory. When the drama starts, the choices Deborah and friend Nels must make are complex, framed by their roles in society, the church and their gender. Deborah is a very strong woman who plays a leading role in the handling of the strangers but to some of the other townspeople, she is an enigma. She’s alone with no children – something to be wary of for not fitting what is seen as normal. Nels is similar as he has no wife or children either, but his sex means that he is listened to with respect. But when things come down to the wire, all that is irrelevant as Nels and Deborah work together to try to help both strangers. Sometimes their way of seeing the situation is very different, but they complement each other in trying to do the right thing.

Overhanging the whole situation is the weather. The snow and darkness envelope the entire narrative, almost becoming another character. It creates an oppressive, closed in atmosphere but also adds to the isolation Deborah feels – from some of the other townspeople, from Samuel and because of her place in the town. Overall, it’s a story that takes its time to unfold but is well worth it for the history and characters.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the copy of this book. My review is honest.

http://samstillreading.wordpress.com ( )
  birdsam0610 | Mar 16, 2019 |
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For fans of Cold Mountain comes the story of a woman in Mormon country, from the author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree.In the inhospitable lands of the Utah Territory, during the winter of 1888, thirty-seven-year-old Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, to return home from his travels as a wheelwright. It is now the depths of winter, Samuel is weeks overdue, and Deborah is getting worried.Deborah lives in Junction, a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and she earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, she and her neighbours live apart from the outside world, even regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief.When a desperate stranger who is pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. The man, a devout Mormon, is on the run from the US government, which has ruled the practice of polygamy to be a felony. Although Deborah is not devout and doesn't subscribe to polygamy, she is distrustful of non-Mormons with their long tradition of persecuting believers of her wider faith.But all is not what it seems, and when the Marshal is critically injured, Deborah and her husband's best friend, Nels Anderson, are faced with life and death decisions that question their faith, humanity, and both of their futures.

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