The 19th Wife

A Novel
Ebershoff, David (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The 19th Wife

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The story of Ann Eliza Young's crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.
Authors: Ebershoff, David
Title: The 19th wife
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 514 p. ; ill. ; 25 cm
Summary: The story of Ann Eliza Young's crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah.
Alternate Title: Nineteenth wife
ISBN: 9781400063970
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ebershoff
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I had to get married to sleep with her, but then I realized that she wasn't right for me, but I can't divorce, but I'm allowed to get married again, so I'll just keep trying until I find the right one, but what happens when I do?

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • dbrh852 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This story was interesting for anyone addicted to "Sister Wives". Otherwise, skip it. It should have ended 250 pages sooner than it did.

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • tegan rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Another book club read, and well, the first 100 pages were awesome. I was completely engaged. The plot line switches back and forth between the historical fiction story of the 19th wife/the full history of Mormonism, and a current day story of a young man who had been excommunicated from his Mormon town. There are also archival entries to provide other bits of information. The issue though, is that the story is too long (500+ pages) and the story arch for the current day story seems very rushed at the end. I am also not a big historical fiction fan. A bunch of my friends in the book club really like the book.

Report This Aug 16, 2012
  • 70greengirl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting read but also difficult. The story goes back and forth in time and is about several groups of people. At times it reads like a history text book, at other times a murder mystery, and also the journal of a jaded young man. He was “thrown away|” by his family at 13 and left to fend for himself. The “town” of the firsts (this young man is from) is hard to wrap my mind around. I find it difficult to believe that there really is a place like what is described in the novel in North America during our current decade!

Report This Jun 25, 2012
  • mudflapflossy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Entertaining & though provoking. We’ve got the same story playing out right here in Bountiful, BC. I’ve read a few books on polygamy, I like that this one focuses on how nasty this religion is for boys as well as women. Although I usually find it annoying, I also enjoyed how the author jumped between past & present telling 2 stories at once. Ann Young’s struggle to end polygamy in the late 1800’s became fresh & relevant, while the telling of polygamy’s impact on a gay young man in present times was really poignant. Some good lines in it, I particularly liked the description of “The 1st’s” as the Greta Garbo of cults.

Report This Mar 25, 2012
  • Infolass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A big book, this tome digs into the history of the Mormon Church while at the same time follows the story of Jordan who seeks the truth regarding the supposed murder of his father by his mother – the 19th wife. Well written and crafted if a tad long.

Report This Jan 18, 2012
  • BrigidScott rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Parts of this were unbearably dreary and tedious, but overall I liked it.

Report This Nov 21, 2011
  • MsAnnabelle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you enjoy watching Big Love you will enjoy this book. It talks about people and places that sound so familiar.

Report This Jun 21, 2011
  • bgschill rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The only well written parts in this novel were the purported excerpts from Ann Eliza Young's own book "Wife no.19" published in 1876. The secondary, fictional story seemed like something submitted to a middle school writing club. His characters were shallow and uninteresting and often irrelevant.

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