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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Jan 07, 10

Read in January, 2010

The Nineteenth Wife is the story of Ann Eliza Young, famed 19th wife of Brigham Young who left him and published a book to bring down polygamy and the story of Jordan Scott, a boy from a the polygamist sect in Southern Utah who has been kicked out of the community. This book is a unique multigenre work that weaves the two stories together. I thought the book had some interesting points about polygamy but it was a bit irreverent concerning the LDS church’s early history. The Jordan Scott portion of the book was weak and predictable with things happening a bit too perfectly. Ann Eliza Young’s story was interested but the author took it to a bit of a fictional extreme. It would have been better to write a non fiction account that skew things to make it fiction, thus confusing the reader. This book obviously required much research and work but I didn’t really love it and don’t think I would recommend it. It doesn’t have anything applicable for school.
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