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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ebershoff Narrator: Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Daniel Passer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • This exquisite tour de force explores the dark roots of polygamy and its modern-day fruit in a renegade cult...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…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. Publishers Weekly, Starred and “Pick of the Week

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kscurlytop | 2/20/2014

    " Very interesting. I don't know much about mormons, so it was interesting to get that perspective. As far as plot goes, it was a little slow. Not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Anne Williams | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it a lot. I maybe would have liked to have seen Brigham Young more fully developed. But, I think the take on polygamy and the way it's still alive was pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marykatedavin | 2/4/2014

    " Didn't love it. Way more interested in the modern day timeline than all the history. I learned a lot of the history watching a couple episodes of Sister Wives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krista Perdue | 2/3/2014

    " Loved the story, but a bit too drawn out in places. "

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