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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Oct 07, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: People Magazine
Read in October, 2008

This is a very interesting book, but you have to be willing to hear some hard things about Mormon history. The story is told through two very different perspectives and times in history. One is the son of a modern polygamist family who lives out in the desert of Utah. The other is Brigham Young's infamous "19th wife" (although apparently she was more like his 50th wife). They both tell their stories and in the end there is a common and satisfying connection. The modern story involves a murder mystery that I really liked and I found myself annoyed at times that the older history pieces would interrupt the modern chapters. Ultimately, I think this writer's convention worked. I thought the book was provocative and insightful.

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