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The 19th Wife

by David Ebershoff

Author: David Ebershoff

Books » Detective and mystery stories

Language: English

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This sweeping epic is a compelling and original work set in 1875, when one woman attempts to rid America of polygamy. Ebershoff intertwines his tale with that of a 20th-century murder mystery in Utah, allowing the two stories to twist and turn into a marvelous literary experience. With such a sprawling tale to relate, a few narrators (Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey and Daniel Passer) divide up the roles and deliver a solid, professional reading, true to Ebershoffs prose.

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...child." Brother Brigham followed these orders, never letting Elizabeth and Gilbert out of sight for the six- hundred-mile walk to Kirtland. We know Brigham now as Joseph's suc- cessor, a man of wealth and power, but then he was a woodworker, a glazier, a furniture maker. One could see his trade in his scuffed hands. Brigham carried Gilbert for much of the journey and revealed himself to be a friend to my mother. The next day they stopped at a creek. He set Gilbert upon a bed of leaves, then guided Elizabeth into the water, across the mossy stones, until the current reached her breast. He gently pushed her head beneath the surface and blessed her. When she emerged she was a Latter-day Saint, and would always be. After many weeks of walking they passed through a dark wood that opened onto a hilly clearing beside a river. Here the Saints' new city of Kirtland, Ohio, gleamed. Brigham gave Elizabeth a room in the small house he shared with his new bride, Mary Ann Angell, a recent...

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