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The 19th Wife

i've just finished 'The 19th Wife' by David Ebershoff.  As you may surmise from the title, it concerns polygamy and the Latter Day Saints [Mormons] but it is not simply an account of the LDS Church but cleverly woven into a murder mystery. 
You get chunks of the 'autobiography' of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, second Prophet of the Church, interspersed with a modern, slightly lackadaisical account of a modern son to another '19th Wife' accused of murdering her husband.

The author says it is a work of fiction and the modern part truly is.  However, this man has done his homework on the historical parts of this novel and it demonstrates with awful clarity the many reasons polygamy should not be allowed under law.  Modern times have made this practice more accountable and visible and local government agencies will not tolerate neglect of wife or child any more.

If you haven't read it, you may enjoy the twists and turns of Jordan's efforts to help his mother and gain some insight into the Mormon ethic.

i'll happily send it to whomever would like to read it, for free - Lisa?  You get first choice..


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Apr. 1st, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Me next please after Lisa! The thought of polygamy makes me feel sick. :(
Apr. 1st, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
okie doke, you still need to give me an address to send it to - email me on jill.crossley@sky.com yeah? And i'll send you mine for the James pic...

ETA Lisa says "Send it to Ditto babe.. I can always borrow it afterwards. I'm still working my way through the Anita books"

Edited at 2009-04-02 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 1st, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
i know very little about Mormons or their practices - are they the ones who want to record your surname? or am i mixing them up with some other religion? Anyway, the interesting part of this book is the murder mystery to me, not the religious parts.
i'm not religious, never will be. i have always felt religion is a swell way to control the masses... Nothing personal to anyone, to each his own.
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