Tuesday, August 3, 2010

19th Wife

The 19th Wife: A Novel
Polygamy! I have a fascination and it can't be satisfied so I was excited to see this book.  I would have preferred non-fiction but this worked out just as well. There are two stories in the book.  You jump between 19th century polygamy and a modern day murder trial.  I am not familiar with the origins of polygamy and the religion but David Ebershoff seems to be recounting historical fact when he discusses the Mormon migration to Utah and other significant events around this time. The murder was why I bought the book but the two stories kept me interested.

Product Description
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 on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of her family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how both she and her mother became plural wives. Yet soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love, family, and faith.

Other polygamy memoir books that I have read and  enjoyed include Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer and Escape by Carolyn Jessop.

4 out of 5 stars