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The 19th Wife : a novel

In The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff weaves two stories into one engaging novel, which takes the reader back and forth between historical fiction and modern day murder mystery. While the former helps to lay the groundwork for the latter, each is its own journey. Using a series of fictional documents to tell the story of Ann Eliza Young, whose divorce from Brigham Young in the mid 1870’s, and outspoken criticism of polygamy became national news, the author provides the almost unbiased feeling of being a researcher. Meanwhile, his first person narrative of Jordan, the excommunicated son of fundamentalist Mormons from an isolated community, immediately draws you into to his struggle. This is the character I really cared about, and what keep me up at night to read “just one more chapter.” This definitely does not read like a judgment of a religious practice, but rather a glimpse into a different world. As you follow Jordan on his path to confront his past, you feel the weight of how much history has defined it, and you really care about him, and the unlikely heroes who help him find his way.

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The 19th Wife
9781400063970

The 19th Wife : a novel

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In The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff weaves two stories into one engaging novel, which takes the reader back and forth between historical fiction and modern day murder mystery. While the former helps to lay the groundwork for the latter, each is its own journey. Using a series of fictional documents to tell the story of Ann Eliza Young, whose divorce from Brigham Young in the mid 1870’s, and outspoken criticism of polygamy became national news, the author provides the almost unbiased feeling of being a researcher. Meanwhile, his first person narrative of Jordan, the excommunicated son of fundamentalist Mormons from an isolated community, immediately draws you into to his struggle. This is the character I really cared about, and what keep me up at night to read “just one more chapter.” This definitely does not read like a judgment of a religious practice, but rather a glimpse into a different world. As you follow Jordan on his path to confront his past, you feel the weight of how much history has defined it, and you really care about him, and the unlikely heroes who help him find his way.

Book

The 19th Wife
9781400063970

Posted by Susan Lindemann at 10/09/2012 01:36:07 PM | 


Hi KPL--

Thanks very much for the nice words about The 19th Wife. My mom is originally from Michigan. She'll be happy to know the book has readers there.

Lots of good wishes,

David
Posted by: David Ebershoff ( Email | Visit ) at 10/10/2012 7:59 AM


This sounds excellent Susan! I think I will check it out. Great blog!
Posted by: Angelina R ( Email ) at 10/20/2012 8:29 AM


Loved the book - I even read it twice.
Posted by: Paula C. ( Email ) at 11/2/2012 6:15 PM


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