The Believers Author:Janice Holt Giles In this novel, Mrs. Giles gives us a unique picture of everyday life in a Shaker village, one of the experiments in Utopian communal living that are a part of American history. Realistically but with understanding, she shows us a society animated not only by saintliness but by bigotry and ordinary human frailties. She also shows us why utopia fa... more »ils.
Rebecca Fowler, daughter of Hannah Fowler, is only seventeen when she marries Richard Cooper. At first they are very happy, but when their first child is stillborn, Richard feels it is God's punishment. The Shaker missionaries find Richard an easy convert. When he joins, Rebecca goes with him.
But Rebecca suffers int he strange world of the Shakers-where husbands and wives live apart. As time passes, Richard's love fades and Rebecca must choose between obedience to a hateful doctrine-and the demands of her own heart.« less