In the Days of Rain

In the Days of Rain

A Daughter, A Father, A Cult

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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"Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Brighton, England, branch of the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect. A man of contradictions, he preached that the Brethren should shun the outside world, which was ruled by Satan, yet he kept a radio in the trunk of his car and read Shakespeare and Yeats. Years later, when the Stotts broke with the Brethren after a scandal involving the cult's leader, Roger became an actor and compulsive gambler who left the family penniless and ended up in jail....In the Days of Rain is Rebecca Stott's attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father's role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty. A father-daughter story as well as a memoir of growing up in a closed-off community and then finding a way out of it, this is an inspiring and beautiful account of the bonds of family and the power of self-invention."--Jacket .
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812989083
0812989082
Branch Call Number: 289.9 STOTT
Characteristics: 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Based on an unfinished memoir left by her father, Stott tells the story of her family’s involvement in a patriarchal, fundamentalist Christian sect over several generations.


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Jan 15, 2018

2017 Costa Prize for Biography. Stott came from a family which, for several generations, had been members of the Exclusive Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian organization and to which she belonged until age eight. In this biography of her father, Stott describes this closed community and the aftermath of her family leaving the cult. What is striking is how similar this organization is to any fundamentalist religion in terms of its isolation, paranoia, patriarchy and unquestioning obedience.

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