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
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