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The 19th wife : a novel
Ebershoff, David.
Adult Fiction EBERSHO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. This exquisite tour de force explores the dark roots of polygamy and its modern-day fruit in a renegade cult not recognized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon church). Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) brilliantly blends a haunting fictional narrative by Ann Eliza Young, the real-life 19th rebel wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young, with the equally compelling contemporary narrative of fictional Jordan Scott, a 20-year-old gay man whose mother, another 19th wife, is accused of murdering his polygamist father, a member of the fundamentalist First Latter-day Saints, in Mesadale, Ariz. Excommunicated from the church at 14, Jordan tirelessly works, with help from local sympathizers, to unmask his father's true killer. In an author's note, Ebershoff explains how his character differs from the actual Ann Eliza, who published two autobiographies, the first of which helped put pressure on the Mormon church to renounce polygamy in 1890. With the topic of plural marriage and its shattering impact on women and powerless children in today's headlines, this novel is essential reading for anyone seeking understanding of the subject. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Ebershoff's ( third novel--following The Danish Girl, a New York Times Notable Book soon to be adapted to film, and the New York Times best seller Pasadena--is both a chronicle of one woman's fight to end polygamy in the 19th century and a modern-day murder mystery. Unfortunately, having multiple narrators--Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Daniel Passer--can be confusing; further, the CDs have neither disc number announcements at their start nor end-of-disc announcements at their conclusion. Recommended for medium-sized and large public libraries; academic libraries might also consider. [Audio clips available through and; the Random House hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.--Ed.]--David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Inc., Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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