The 19th Wife: A Novel
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: David Ebershoff
- Publish Date: 2008-08-05
Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.
Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoffâs 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 familyâs polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Elizaâs story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfoldsâa 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 fatherâs death.
And as Ann Elizaâs narrative intertwines with that of Jordanâs search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.