The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife Summary

Written By David Ebershoff

Readers Score: 4/5
Rated by 183 Readers

The 19th Wife Book Summary


Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.

Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s 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 family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a 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 father’s death.

And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’ s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.

Praise for The 19th Wife

“This exquisite tour de force explores the dark roots of polygamy and its modern-day fruit in a renegade cult . . . Ebershoff brilliantly blends a haunting fictional narrative by Ann Eliza Young, the real-life 19th “rebel” wife of Mormon leader Brigham Young, with the equally compelling contemporary narrative of fictional Jordan Scott, a 20-year-old gay man. . . . With the topic of plural marriage and its shattering impact on women and powerless children in today's headlines, this novel is essential reading for anyone seeking understanding of the subject.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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The 19th Wife is a Literary book, written By David Ebershoff. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 183 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • The 19th Wife

    By marmi7
    Tried hard to like the book. Having just concluded the author's masterpiece, "The Ophan Master's Son," I was looking forward to this one. Polygamy, along with juicy details decribing the Firsts, are compelling subjects. I like his writing style: juxtaposing characters and events but in "The 19th Wife," the stategy fell flat. I closed the book before the last section, no longer cared....


  • The 19th Wife

    By Boodie23
    I loved this book. I could not put it down. It provides history and a glimpse into present day polygamy. I couldn't decide whose story was more riveting, Jordan's or Ann Eliza's! This is a must read for others out there that love historical fiction.