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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Feb 10, 2009

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This is a novel where you get 2-for-1: A modern day murder mystery involving a rogue polygamist sect interpersed with a historical narrative written by the rebellious 19th wife of Brigham Young. As the story progressed, I found myself much more interested in the story of the beginnings of the Morman Church and the memoirs of Ann Eliza Young, the so-called 19th wife, who ended up as a vocal opponent of polygamy. This is by no means a scholarly retelling of the Church's beliefs or history, but it does give the reader a glimpse into another world.

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