Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

This book is one of the finest illustrations of real research and fictional story integration I have ever read. Usually when a writer has to do extensive investigation for a work of fiction, the book becomes bogged down with general facts that you do not really care about. Not so in this one... the plot was so enthralling I read it the entire book in two hours. The writer was very proficient at changing the point of view and using different voices for the characters. This book is more a multi-genre work as it uses prose, letters, essays, and poems to tell the tale of Brigham Young's 19th wife in the late 1800s and a modern-day murder mystery involving a 19th wife.

5 Stars

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