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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Nov 01, 2008

One of the best books I've read in a long time. I also enjoyed "Pasadena" which was written some time ago but Ebershoff's talents have expanded since then.
This is a combination history of/multiple story line about the Mormon church and the split between the regular church and the minority within the church which became the "Saints" who wholly believe in the right/commandment of polygamy, otherwise known as "celestial marriage". It is a fascinating read that could have kept going as far as I'm concerned. If you watch "Big Love" this book will give many insights into what those characters are actually going through. I thought I knew a little about this subject but there is a lot more going on in this subculture that I wasn't aware of including the fact that young boys are excommunicated because they are viewed as competition for the young wives that the elders want for themselves. Also, there is a great story about a wife that extricated herself from the "Prophet" in the early days of the Saints that turns out to be based on a real person. All very good reading that leaves you wanting more from this author.
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Gwenbabcock I have read all of David Ebershoff's books...and like this the best. Your review is wonderful.

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