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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
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Apr 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks, group-my-own-reading, favorites, year-best-of-2009

I have always been fascinated by polygamy (even before it cropped up in a past-life reading I had by a very lovely and loving woman who "threw the bones"), so I found this very interesting reading. Two stories are told, one by Anne Eliza Webb Young, one of Brigham Young's wife, who wrote a book in the early 1900's about her life as plural wife (after she left Brigham), and the story of a young man who grew up in a present-day plural family in a fundamentalist mormon cult. It was very interesting to see how it not only harmed the women, but also the children, and the men, who never progressed into any deep relationship. I read this at the same time I was reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali about muslims, who were also practicing plural marriages (along with female circumcision), and the parallels between the two lifestyles were staggering.

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