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15 August 2010 @ 01:02 pm
Book Review—The 19th Wife: A Novel  
The 19th Wife: A NovelThe 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff

There's an old commercial about Wrigley's Doublemint gum that went "It's like having two mints in one." Well, reading The 19th Wife: A Novel was like having two books in one. One book was a fictionalized historical story of the original 19th wife, Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young's supposedly 19th wife. Ann is often viewed as the major reason polygamy in Utah was abandoned and the she is also viewed by many as the ultimate savior of the Latter Day Saint's (Mormon's) survival. Without her, because polygamy was so taxing on the 19th Century Saints, the religion was on the verge of imploding.

The other story is a modern-day fiction about a crime in today's rogue polygamist society that is still in existence in the Utah-Arizona desert. Did the so-called 19th wife of Jordan's polygamist father murder her husband. If not, who did it. Jordan tries to solve the crime. After all, his mother is the 19th wife.

We learn that Jordan, in name, was excommunicated because he held hand with his stepsister, but in reality, was really excommunicated and banished from his cult to make room for the older men to marry the younger women of the cult. What the older men of the cult don't realize is that Jordan was never a threat. He was not interested in women, as he was gay. Now, after a number of years living away from his community, Jordan is back to solve the crime, to befriend another excommunicated young heterosexual boy, and to find new romance.

I truly enjoyed this who-done-it book. I highly recommend it to other readers.

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~Lirpa~: Books in Pile 1katje0711 on August 17th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like another book I might be interested in reading.