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Elders by Ryan McIlvain - Excerpt

Elders by Ryan McIlvain - Excerpt

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Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons—“experimenting on the word.” His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith. But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship. To read more about Elders or Ryan McIlvain please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons—“experimenting on the word.” His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith. But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship. To read more about Elders or Ryan McIlvain please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Feb 19, 2013
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, andincidents either are the product of the author’s imaginationor are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons,living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright ©
2013
by Ryan McIlvainAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Hogarth,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.com
hogarth
is a trademark of the Random House Group Limited,and the H colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc.Portions of this work were originally published,in somewhat different form, in
Dialogue
and
The
 
Paris
 
Review.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMcIlvain, Ryan.Elders : a novel / Ryan McIlvain.— 
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. Mormon missionaries— Brazil— Fiction.
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. Young men— Fiction.
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. Americans— Brazil— Fiction.
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. Brazilians— Fiction.
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