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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
THE 19TH WIFE DAVID EBERSHOFF The 19th Wife expertly combines a murder mystery set in modern day Utah with the story of a young woman who is shunned by her community after separating from her husband in 1875. Ann Eliza Young is the 19th wife of Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. The modern day story of Jordan Scott, a street kid living in Vegas, is neatly intertwined in Ann Eliza's story. Both Jordan's mother and Ann Eliza were 19th wives and Jordan must return to the Utah community that shunned him to solve the mystery of his father's death. The 19th Wife tackles some controversial issues and cleverly explores the complexities of polygamy and the Mormon Church in both the 1800's and in the present day. 'cleverly explores the complexities of polygamy and the Mormon Church in both the 1800's and in the present day'