"they were married in the summer of love, when it seemed like everyone was either getting married or getting laid a lot."
It's the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself.
Minister’s daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart.
Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet as the world is rocked by warfare and political assassinations, by racial discrimination and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny’s passive ways — and anxious for a saviour.
Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church called Peoples Temple. As Evelyn grows closer to Jones, her marriage is just the first casualty of his rise to power.
Meticulously researched, elegantly written, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. In masterful prose, Woollett painstakingly examines what happens when Evelyn is pulled into Jones’s orbit — an orbit it would prove impossible for her to leave.
Praise for Beautiful Revolutionary
"Woollett is electric."
SARAH SCHMIDT, AUTHOR OF SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE
"Equal parts earth and ecstasy, pulsing with life, this book takes us deep within the lives of Jones’s followers and the unfurling of their inevitable, dark drama. Climb aboard, and hold on tight."
PEGGY FREW, AUTHOR OF HOPE FARM.
"Woollett’s imaginative retelling of the Jonestown tragedy does what only fiction can do — endows Jim Jones and his inner circle with a sense of humanity... A lyrical and sharply rendered tale of innocence lost and ideals betrayed."
JULIA SCHEERES, AUTHOR OF A THOUSAND LIVES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JONESTOWN.
"This story cuts close to the bone, unrelenting and irrefutably true, over and over. Laura Elizabeth Woollett is an immense talent, and this is a bracing — and necessary — read."
KAYLA RAE WHITTAKER, AUTHOR OF THE ANIMATORS.
"Reading Beautiful Revolutionary, it is easy to imagine how so many people could have been captivated and controlled by a man such as Jones … [A]n excellent work of literary historical fiction."
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