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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife refers to two women. The first is Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young's 19th wife who separated from him and then began a crusade to end polygamy within the United States. She demanded a part of Brigham Young's fortune and was excommunicated from the Mormon Church. In modern-day California, Jordan Scott has fashioned a life for himself after being kicked out of a Mormon fundamentalist sect at the age of 14 because he was gay. He's just found out that his mother has been accused of murdering his father. She was his 19th wife. He must penetrate a society which has rejected him to find out the truth. David Ebershoff's novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "The 19th Wife subtly relates the way Mormon history continues to affect present-day policies and realities with a surprising amount of insight and sensitivity, creating an entertaining, sympathetic and sometimes very funny novel."
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