The 19th Wife

The 19th Wife

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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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, 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 a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.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 and faith.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415957851
Characteristics: 1 online resource (15 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly

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Oct 31, 2011

Really interesting, if not a little too wordy. I learned a LOT about a religion that I knew very little about. The parallel stories were fascinating. I do recommend it.

Dec 07, 2010

The story of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of the Prophet of the Mormon Church Utah, who fought to end polygamy in the eighteen hundreds and the story of a very likable boy, who had been thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier and who struggles to prove his mother' innocence. She had been accused of murdering her polygamist-husband. Both characters feel very real and the author manages to intertwine both stories with a skillful original style.

Sep 28, 2010

Really good story. I found the historical part very interesting. I thought the modern one could have been left out, as it was more of a distraction than anything else but it too became interesting as the book moved on.

Dec 31, 2009

It is a really interesting book. I learned a lot about polygamy from both (male and female) perspectives. It was also interesting to see how men who were initially not supporters of polygamy slipped into a cycle of taking more and more wives. I enjoyed both the modern and historical perspectives, but I found the historical perspective dragged on a bit. The audiobook uses multiple narrators, which helps make the book more easy to follow, especially through the different voices and times (historical vs. modern).


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