The 19th Wife
Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.
Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young,...more
This book was absolutely fascinating! Aside from the stories being told, the format was unique. This book blends fact and fiction, telling the present-day fictional story of Jordan, a young man whose mother has recently been ch ...more
This book blew me away!!! I loved it --and gave it as a gift a couple of times. A VERY strong 5 star novel! A phenomenal polygamous fundamentalist-murder-mystery page- turning story....which alternates with a fictionalized memoir of Ann Eliza (the 19th wife of Brigham Young).
I come here today --because I just discovered 'yesterday' that a movie comes out this year called "The Danish Girl", which David ...more
The novel centers around the story of Ann Eliza Young, who, in the 1800s, was married to the Mormon profit and leader Brigham Young. The church is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1875 she fled the marriage and the church and spent practically the rest of her life ca ...more
There are two 19th wives. One is the real historical figure Ann Eliza Webb Young, married to Brigham. She was his 19th wife (on some lists - depending on the criteria). When she became disaffected and left the marr ...more
The book club was very excited to ask difficult questions in a setting that was not offensive. I foun ...more
I enjoy reading about other religions and learning what makes them unique. I have some Mormon relatives, and that religion has always seemed mysterious to me, with only the most devout being allowed to enter the temple and wonderings about who might after all be a secret polygamist. That last part isn't anything I suspect my cousins of, but it fascinates me nevertheless.
In The 19th Wife the author has done his research on a wife of Brigham Young's, his 19th, who became somewhat famous ...more
I first heard about this book on NPR. Serendipitously the author was visiting Pasadena (where he is from) when I was on an extended trip there. I was fortunate to be able to attend his rea ...more
1- Despite the fact that it's historical FICTION many parts of the book are written as "documents" which gives it's authenticity a very convincing feel. It made me want to verify and ...more
I've noticed a few reviews that have panned the novel for religious reasons or because of differences over the intersection between fiction and nonfiction, but neither issue affected me. The foul language and the gay relationships in one of the plot lines didn't distract me either. I was surprised to read complaints. The language suits the characters. The focal character's sexual orientation was just an aspect of his character and was not something the author emphasized. I thought it w ...more
"Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks o ...more
My main grief was in the long-winded style of the 19th century characters, but I had other problems with this part of the book. Several "authors" were used to tell this antiquated story, a device I found distracting. I kn ...more
I am giving this book a three star rating because what I found fascinating ...more
"Even so, history has one flaw. It is a subjective art, no less than poetry or music. The true historian has two sources: the written record and the witness's testimony."
In The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff plays the role of historian, re-creating and unpacking the mysteries of Ann Eliza Young's tumultuous life as a sister wife to Brigham Young. Interwoven with this narrative is the story of an excommunicated young gay man, Jordan Scott, from a compound in Utah whose mother, coincidentally also ...more
The 19th Wife is a dual-narrative novel with interruptions. One of the main narratives proceeds from the viewpoint of Eliza Ann Young, who was the nineteenth or twenty-seventh or possibly fifty-second wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young. What is fact is that Eliza Ann divorced Brigham Young in 1873, that she wrote a book about her life among the polygamous Mormons entitled Wife No. 19, and that ...more
I really hated the ending. Was it an OK book? No, it really wasn’t, but I did learn some stuff about the Latter Day Saints, or the Mormons as they are also called, and also their split with the Firsts. Here is what bothered me:
I disliked the mixing of a modern mystery paralleled with an exposition of facts about the history of the Mormon Church. Therein lies a discussion of the destructive role of polygamy, a too sweet story about a contemporary gay relationship and the resolution ...more
Some have complained that it was confusing, I thought it was EASY to follow along and figure out who's voice was speaking---either from chapter title or topic of concern.
Others complained because one of the characters ...more
This is not young adult fiction but to me, since I've recently read a few young adult books and they seem to be getting more ambitious and since Jordan's first person narrative is sooooo t ...more
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