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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Apr 22, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery, historical-fiction
Read in May, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This book tells two parallel stories of polygamy. The first recounts Brigham Young's expulsion of one of his wives, Ann Eliza, from the Mormon Church; the second is a modern-day murder mystery set in a polygamous compound in Utah.

Interesting information on polygamy, origins, how modern changes came about. The modern day murder mystery is weak, not believable. For example, Jordan immediate and everlasting romance with Tom, the hotel clerk. At the end, they want to make a happy family with Johnny the abandoned boy (a by-product of extra males in a plural society). Jordan leaving his mom on the highway outside of Mesadale to walk solo back into the complex (yes it is summer and it is the desert ...) The thesis of the graduate student written in "I felt" , "I think" .... would they expect a less biased account for a thesis?

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message 1: by Jill (new)

Jill Have you read Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist? Really liked that book.

Carol Thank you for the tip, I will put this on my list.

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