The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Synopsis:
A present-day murder case in a fundamentalist Mormon enclave told alongside the story of Ann Eliza Young’s escape from Brigham Young’s polygamous harem.

Review:
I think the fact that I kept falling asleep while listening to The 19th Wife says it all–I was so primed to love this book, given my obsession with the FLDS, but I was just so disappointed with the execution. I finally gave up near the end when it devolved into a story-free lecture on stuff we’d already seen. I’m very bummed out about this.

2 thoughts on “The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff”

  1. My book group read The 19th Wife. I preferred the older story to the modern story. Do you think that the author was trying to do a fictional version of Under The Banner of Heaven (a much better book)?

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