Gabriel's Daughters wrestles with issues of polygamy, homosexuality,
and modernity through the lives of the large, loving, and polygamous
Martin family. The story is told primarily through the eyes of Zina Martin,
a young girl who, upon discovering she is impregnated by her "sterile"
teacher—and will soon be married off to a man three times her age—
escapes the enclosed polygamous town of Gabriel's Landing, Utah.
Zina then embarks on a journey full of self-discovery, yet she can never
completely escape the longing she has for her family and even the
controversial and outdated lifestyle she once lived. Through both tears
and triumph, Jensen has crafted a moving story that not only acts as
insightful social commentary but also prompts readers to reevaluate
• Author of award-winning books Don't Marry the Mormon Boys and
The Book Lover’s Cookbook.
• An intriguing, fresh look into the lives of polygamists. Jensen explores
not only the horrors of polygamy, but also the many uniquely positive
• Awarded a silver medal in the 2013 Readers’ Favorite contest.
• Appeals to women's fiction readers as well as readers invested in
• Offers moral questions that will have readers pondering the story long
after the last page has been turned.
About the Author
JANET KAY JENSEN is the co-author of The Book Lover's Cookbook
(Ballantine, 2005) and the author of Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys
(Bonneville Books, 2007), a gold medal winner in Cultural Fiction from
the Readers Favorite International Book Awards Contest. A long-time
educator, Jensen now lives on Logan, Utah, as a volunteer literary tutor
and full-time writer.
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