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Jordan returns from California to Utah to visit his mother in jail. As a teenager he was expelled from his family and religious community, a secretive Mormon offshoot sect. Now his father has been found shot dead in front of his computer, and one of his many wives - Jordan's mother - is accused of the crime. Over a century earlier, Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, Prophet and Leader of the Mormon Church, tells the sensational story of how her own parents were drawn into plural marriage, and how she herself battled for her freedom and escaped her powerful husband, to lead a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. Bold, shocking and gripping, The 19th Wife expertly weaves together these two narratives: a page turning literary mystery and an enthralling epic of love and faith.
David Ebershoff, born in 1969 in California, is a writer, editor and teacher. His earlier novel, The Danish Girl, is now a major film directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne. His most recent novel is The 19th Wife, which was an international bestseller, and was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club. He has won a number of literary awards, and teaches in the graduate writing programme at Columbia University as well working as an editor at Random House. He lives in New York.
Short-listed for Galaxy British Book Awards: Richard and Judy's Best Read of the Year 2009.