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Section 132 is the fictional story of a polygamous sect in Canada, based on true events: Lillian grows up in an American fundamentalist Mormon sect which still practices polygamy. At thirteen she becomes the child-bride of a Canadian Bishop. His compound is located deep in the wilderness of British Columbia, totally isolated from the rest of the world. When the land develo ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by POW Wow Books
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Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
There are two parallel storylines in the beginning. First is that of Richard & Daisy who are business partners who are looking at a particular plot for development. Richard believes that if he can pull this project off, then it will be his greatest success. The second storyline involves a fundamentalist sect who practices polygamy. A girl named Lillian is only 13 when her parents marry her to a ‘Bishop’ settled in Canada. With all her innocence intact, she expects a loving handsome and lovin ...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Section 132 by Helga Zeiner
Published by POW WOW Books
Publication Date: July 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0986879800
ISBN-13: 978-0986879807
Pages: 458
Review Copy from: Author
Edition: Kindle
My Rating: 5

Lillian is only 13 when her parents marry her to a middle-aged Bishop of a fundamentalist sect who practices polygamy. She is forced to live with her new husband’s many wives and children on his compound tucked away in the Canadian wilderness.
The hardships of poverty and isolation have crushed the wil
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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Wow, this book is definitely very different to my usual reads so different that I'm going to have to discuss a few subjects that you may find sensitive. I decided to give myself a week to read this book thinking I could do that easily, but boy was I wrong, in fact I think this book needs to come with a warning cause it really effected me and was super heavy to read. For most books about religion I
Obedience is preached in the much-read Section 132 of this polygamous sect’s holy book, and obedience is forced on its women. Basing her story of news of the Texas polygamy scandal, author Helga Zeiner imagines a breakaway group from Mormonism’s fundamentalist breakaways, and tells the story of a child bride learning how her faith has betrayed her.

The story starts with horror then swings to haunted beauty as the sweetly innocent child travels with her parents to meet her dream. Readers know the
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Tracy Mcallister
This was a very disturbing story that I just couldn't put down. Hence, 4 stars. It all felt so very real from the shocking murder in the first chapter to the emotional and physical torture endured by the family of the Bishop. The parallel stories from Richard and Martha's points of view were very well written and felt like first hand accounts instead of fiction. I found myself quite caught up in all of it. I could have done less with Richard's self-loathing, but the rest of the characters are qu ...more
Gods. I don’t think this review is going to have a great flow, but here it goes!

I came across this book because I read a novel written by the same author. The two stories could not have been more different. While both dealt with pedophilia, this one took things to an extreme. There were segments that read like jack-off material for pedophiles. It was uncomfortable and unnecessary! I work with victims of domestic and sexual violence, I have friends and family who were molested as children, and s
Irene Marie Dawson
Hardship and hard lessons in the Canadian wilderness.

Shocking tale of life in a polygamist compound told by the young girl that lived it,and the young land developer who becomes involved with the sect when access to his land is blocked by the land owned by the compound. How he begins to care about the fate of it's residents and their well-being at a time when some of the suffering inhabitants are harboring thoughts of escaping the life is a captivating and heartwarming look at what human kindnes
I have to admit my bias up front. As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was thoroughly unimpressed with this book. I really struggled to finish reading it, but I wanted to post a review from my perspective and don't consider it fair to do so without reading the entire book.

First of all, though the author appears to have researched the subject matter in depth, there are cultural aspects of the characters and story that just seem wrong to me. The portrayal of M
Lillian grew up in a American Fundamentalist Mormon sect where polygamy is still practiced. When she turned 13 she is said to be a woman and is sent to be the child bride of a Bishop in Canada. The compound is located in the wilderness of British Columbia. There are no neighbors for miles. Lillian is scared of her new "husband" and his first wife. Her sister-wife and the wife recognized by law.

A land developer has decided to purchase the land next to the compound for a ritzy new subdivision. He
Fantastic book, loved it, very complex, and just loved it, hated that they were treated like cattle, but they did win mostly, in the end! So yeah, great book!

*Full review posted from Words I Write Crazy on August 16th*
This was a fantastic book! Characters that just leap from the page into your imagination, to a plot that frankly, if it wasn't fiction, that if it was true, that the bits that were drawn from fact, it makes it hard to understand, that we live in a society that can't stop that kind
Image you are 13 years of age and have just become a woman. You live in the states and are sold by your family to a bishop in central British Columbia to be his wife and bear children all in the name of the Lord.
A land developer, Richard, purchases a huge parcel of land for developing into a resort. Needing more land than he though for roads, he has to deal with the selfish bishop. He got more than he bargained for.
The bishop has many wives. First wife rules, of course, she has no recour
William Stanger
To be honest, I really didn't know what to expect from this book. I volunteered to review it as part of a virtual tour and hoped that it would at least be an enjoyable read. As it turns out, it is a very enjoyable read.

It took me a little while to get into the book. At first I thought it a little slow, but on reflection the early pace was dictated by some well detailed character development, which helped immensely as the book progressed. The further I got into it, the less I wanted to put it dow
Lillian was born and raised in an extremist offshoot sect of the American mainstream Mormon Church, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), where polygamy is practiced. When she was thirteen, she was sent to Mountain Glory Ranch, one of the sect's compounds in the remote wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, to become the child bride of a Bishop. Lillian becomes the Bishop's fourteenth wife, is given the new name of Martha, and is forced to live in the compound with the ...more
I think this is the third book I've read about polygamous sects because I find them so fascinating. I like reading about things that are different from what I know. This book was horrifying, interesting and kept me engaged. It was slow getting in to it, but around Chapter 44? I think it really picked up and I was really interested for a few chapters and then it kind of went blah again. It swapped perspectives from Lillian/Martha (young girl forced into polygamous marriage) and Richard Bergman th ...more
Laura Greenwood
Original review posted on: http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

The story follows a 13 year old girl called Martha who is sold into marriage in one of the extremist Mormon compounds practising polygamy, and follows her life as a Mormon wife. It also follows Richard and his company that buys the land next door and seems to get drawn into the abusive world of the Bishop's family.

Before I even start WARNING this book contains distressing descriptions and adult situations. This includes one fairl
I really enjoyed this book. Lillian is 13 year old member of a FDLS cult in AZ and she is sent to a compound in Canada as the bride of an exiled member. After mistreatment by her new husband, she begins to question her belief system. Meanwhile, an outsider, Richard, has purchased nearby land for development and has to deal with the cult-leader, Jake, to make his deal go through. The story is told from these two very different viewpoints. What I liked is that it tried to show the reality inside t ...more
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Helga Zeiner's book Section 132 took me by surprise. Even though I have read the summary of the book and few reviews prior reading, I was still awed. Section 132 is book which horrified me in a good way. It was captivating and seemed so real that I had difficulties with separating the reality and the fiction. Section 132 is based on facts and the author did an excellent job to add the fiction to the reality. The plot was interesting and the characters fascinating. Section 132 is defin
Cheryl C.
Based upon a true story, Section 132 dives into life at a Mormon polygamous compound. Told alternately from Lillian/Martha's and Richard's points of view, the story forces the reader to consider if there are ethical boundaries when it comes to matters of faith. Zeiner has created a gripping novel that draws the reader in quickly. While the events unraveled a bit slow for my taste, there was never a dull moment. By the end, every scene combined to form a masterfully told story of a young woman's ...more
Not my usual genre but an engaging read that was horrific at times yet I was unable to put it down.
Lillian is barely a teenager when she is sold into another Fundamentalist Mormon sect in Canada. Polygamy is standard in her culture and so she becomes one of Jake's many wives. Her initial weeks in the sect are traumatic and horrifying and the insight into these horrors were often stomach churning. She tells of the other wives, their children and their plights living with their ruthless husband.
Kathy Roling
The book is fiction but is based on facts about the Fundamentalist Mormons. Jake is exiled from his southwest community because of his arrogance and defiance of the church elders. He sets up a community in British Columbia and has many wives and children. He is a cruel man, starving his wives and children but hoarding food for himself. A land developer, Richard, buys property next to the community, and is forced to buy acreage from Jake to build a road to access his property. At the beginning Ri ...more
I totally enjoyed this book. I find it so hard to believe people in today's world believe in polygamy and all that it entails. What a wake up call to realize how lucky most of us have escaped that kind of thinking and living. A very good read even though it was very disturbing..
Mary C Ford
Can't put it down.

This is a fascinating story about things that go in this world that most of us are not aware of, aside from brief mention in the news occasionally. It makes one's own problems seem quite small in comparison.
Stephanie Wheat-perras
It's everything you could hope for from a down and dirty polygamous sect story. Rape, murder, child brides, captivity, brainwashing, crazy women, forbidden love, and Canadian politics.
Dianne Smith
Good book!

This was an interesting story and an easy read. The author included insight into this polygamous sect along with an intriguing story..
Vicky Hawkins
Unit 132

This was a great book. I type held your interest throughout the entire book. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Jaime Hoerr

this book takes you inside the darker side of polygamy. I was rooting for Lillian~Martha until.the end! very breath taking
Joan Lawson
What an insight into the polygamous community. I could not stop reading! Add this to your reading list.
Rosemary Goddard
while the book was good I found the end was wrapped up rather hurriedly.
Jul 08, 2013 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This book wasn't a great mystery/thriller, but I enjoyed it because it was informative. I've seen stories about polygamous sects, and this book gave me more of an insight into such sects. The situations between members of the sect were believable. The incidents of jealousy and competition between wives could happen. The book also gave me a better understanding of the religious beliefs of such people, and the motivation to live in such a group. The ending to the story was expected, and the story ...more
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Helga Zeiner is a bi-lingual German-Canadian author. At the age of 18, having completed her degree at the Art School of Bavaria, Helga Zeiner left Germany. She then lived and worked for two years in Australia, followed by twelve years in Hong Kong. Since 2004 Helga and her husband Manfred live on a remote country estate in the wilderness of British Columbia.

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