[[ Free E-pub ]] ⇴ The 19th Wife ↚ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

What was wrong with me Didn t I review any books when I first joined Goodreads guess not This book blew me away I loved it and gave it as a gift a couple of times A VERY strong 5 star novel A phenomenal polygamous fundamentalist murder mystery page turning story.which alternates with a fictionalized memoir of Ann Eliza the 19th wife of Brigham Young I come here today because I just discovered yesterday that a movie comes out this year called The Danish Girl , which David What was wrong with me Didn t I review any books when I first joined Goodreads guess not This book blew me away I loved it and gave it as a gift a couple of times A VERY strong 5 star novel A phenomenal polygamous fundamentalist murder mystery page turning story.which alternates with a fictionalized memoir of Ann Eliza the 19th wife of Brigham Young I come here today because I just discovered yesterday that a movie comes out this year called The Danish Girl , which David Ebershoff wrote also.So I must.RUN not walk and find time to read The Danish Girl soon before seeing the moviewhich looks fantastic by the way.I can t wait to read The Danish Girl [[ Free E-pub ]] ✐ The 19th Wife ⇔ 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 th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense It is , 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 wifeSoon 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 deathAnd as Ann Eliza s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith In a world where the term marriage has taken on such a variety of forms, as well as meanings, this book, with its focus on American, Christian polygamy, and the history behind it, fits in perfectly.The novel centers around the story of Ann Eliza Young, who, in the 1800s, was married to the Mormon profit and leader Brigham Young The church is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints In 1875 she fled the marriage and the church and spent practically the rest of her life ca In a world where the term marriage has taken on such a variety of forms, as well as meanings, this book, with its focus on American, Christian polygamy, and the history behind it, fits in perfectly.The novel centers around the story of Ann Eliza Young, who, in the 1800s, was married to the Mormon profit and leader Brigham Young The church is also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints In 1875 she fled the marriage and the church and spent practically the rest of her life campaigning for the legal abolishment of the system in the United States.Parallel to this story, is the one of Jordan Scott s mother, BeckyLyn, who allegedly murdered her husband, a modern polygamist from Utah Jordan tries to prove his mother s innocence through skillful sleuthing The two stories interconnect at the end Both women were Mrs.19 in their plural marriages.The book raises questions about marriage, and religion, and allow the reader to form an independent opinion What I found interesting about the theme, is that so many forms of polygamy existed in the world, still do, and that this barbaric practices by this religious group was not appreciated at all, but mostly because of the spiritual and moral enslavement of women and children in this system Sins plural marriages were illegal, the women and children captured in it had, and still have, no legal protection In the extreme cases, such as the Warren Jeff case, it even exposes pedophilia and child rape Edit These heinous barbarity can be classified under the same religious crimes, such as Female Genital Mutilation of little girls in certain Muslim groups It is also legal in 30 countries end of edit.When freedom of choice and movement is denied, especially in our modern world, all red flags should be up and furiously billowing in the wind This book is about those red flags that almost destroyed this sect church.The murder mystery thrown in, focuses the attention on the modern state of affairs, the existence of totalitarian theocracies within democracies, and is certainly relevant after the Warren Jeff debacle Yet, although this particular religious groups are vindicated for the abuse of women and children in this particular form of a mating strategy, the alternatives and just as polygamous relationships in modern society almost obtained general consent chain marriages one person marries and divorces one partner, marries and divorce a second and often third partner, and have children with all the partners unmarried individuals have different relationships with different partners over a long period of time i.e basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain, who claimed to have slept with 20 000 women and in upper society it is common knowledge that a wife is chosen to produce the heirs, being contractually rewarded with property, jewelry, and money It is often used to merge companies and other business interests and has nothing to do with love The male partner is allowed to have mistresses on the sideline for his other needs These mating preferences are regarded as alternative forms of polygamy, by its own definition.Historically, marriages took place within an extended family, where parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters with their spouses and offsprings all cohabitated on the same land and it was possible for children to be raised bythan just the parents It relieved the pressure on the nuclear family and provided a much needed support systemIt takes a village to raise a childis an African proverb confirming the century old practice of polygamy on the continent.Polygamous marriages offered the same benefits for young women, who did not enjoy a support system, who otherwise faced a difficult road on their own often immigrants who struggled to survive It becomes evenrelevant in the modern society where single parent homes are challenging environments for children in which the single parent often must work two to three jobs to survive Professor Cheshire Calhoun of the Philosophy Department at Arizona State Universityfailing to recognize polygamous marriages results in a kind of black market that comes with all of the familiar problems of black markets in other domains If a woman informally enters a polygamous marriage and then gets a divorce she can be left without any legal rights to financial support, etc By analogy, drugs aren t a good thing but a world with legalized drug markets is better than one with black markets in drugs Similarly, polygamy might not be a good thing but a world with above board polygamy is probably better than one where it is driven underground The only reason to appose the legalization of polygamy from within these theocratic communities in Utah, Twin Cities, Arizona et al, is the fact that the husband of so many single mothers and children draw millions in social benefits which becomes a major source of income for him Anyone apposing them are in danger They have their own heavily armed security forces Mmmm, can it be regarded as legitimate robbery of government resources A goal in itself, perhaps Just thinking A religious fanaticism and paranoia drive these subgroups, not to mention hatred of the federal government who can cut their wealth and prosperity by legalizing polygamy and force these priests to marry their concubines to protect the women financially as well I even suspect that it will eradicate this practice on a grand scale if legalization can happen As soon as these single mothers become married women, they lose their social benefits from the government, and one man will be the fool of a century to take on so many wives Didn t Warren Jeff, or his father, hadthan 100 wives The only measuring stick to condone any practice is to ask the question does a person willingly consent to and choose an arrangement, and maintain freedom of choice and movement If yes , then compare the benefits of each possibility, since the modern world is not about being right or wrong, it is about being free to make choices Minor children should not be allowed to marry We choose the consequences when we choose the action The choice should always be a free one And that does not happen in all these different religious groups Hence books like these are so important to be written Both sides of the coin is being addressed relatively well Oh well, pardon me, I m getting off my soapbox here It is from this perspective that I read the book Yes, looking at both sides of the coin was my main aim I have read hordes of other books, reports, papers, news articles and whatnot on modern polygamy, including the Mormon version, and thus enjoyed reading the historical background once again in this particular form The author really managed to bring the background of the characters alive.Unfortunately, the sleuthing part of the book just did not cut it at all It felt unnecessary and not well executed Totally lame It cheapened an otherwise brilliant piece of work If the murder mystery in its current form, was a stand alone I would have put it down after the first chapter Perhaps it was the reason why the book contained two parallel stories On the other hand, the historical fiction, as well as the dramatization there of, was very well done and could have, and should have, been offered as an excellent book on its own Hence the three star rating This is a book about polygamy, in Brigham s time and today It uses the divided time frame technique, trying to link two stories and liberally mixes history with fiction to the point that it s very hard to discern what is history and there s not much history by the time he s done.There are two 19th wives One is the real historical figure Ann Eliza Webb Young, married to Brigham She was his 19th wife on some lists depending on the criteria When she became disaffected and left the marr This is a book about polygamy, in Brigham s time and today It uses the divided time frame technique, trying to link two stories and liberally mixes history with fiction to the point that it s very hard to discern what is history and there s not much history by the time he s done.There are two 19th wives One is the real historical figure Ann Eliza Webb Young, married to Brigham She was his 19th wife on some lists depending on the criteria When she became disaffected and left the marriage and the Church , she wrote a best selling expose called Wife No 19, or the story of a life in bondage She became a public crusader against polygamy s abuses That part is true however, excerpts which are supposedly from her book, and extensive conversations and descriptions and explanations of motivations, are all from the author s vivid imagination.The other 19th wife is a fictional woman named BeckyLyn Scott, living in a modern fictional southern Utah town with the rest of the fundamentalist Firsts Early in the book, her polygamous husband, one of the community church leaders, is murdered because of circumstantial evidence, BeckyLyn is accused of the crime and imprisoned.Meanwhile, we meet Jordan Scott, son of BeckyLyn and the polygamist patriarch He was cast out from the church as a 14 year old and became one of the lost boys Six years later, he is living a gay lifestyle in California Reading about his mother s situation, he is drawn back to Utah to try to unravel the mystery He meets a new boyfriend once he gets to Utah, and is unfaithful to his supposed partner Was it really necessary to introduce homosexuality into this novel Wasn t the analysis of the complexities of plural marriage enough for one book The author gives some insight into the practice and challenge of polygamy in both eras but I felt he presented a mostly limited, one sided interpretation Fortunately, he does attempt to distinguish between modern fundamentalist churches and the main LDS body.Whatever value the book might have provided for me was dramatically lowered by frequent obscene language and too much sexual description There are much better sources for learning about the challenges of polygamy in a safer way I was really looking forward to reading this book it has great reviews and mixes historical fiction with a modern mystery About polygamy, history, and mystery I expected to love this novel I was deeply disappointed First, the reader can t tell when the author is writing a fiction part of the historical fiction and what is indeed part of history There are no chapter notes of any kind to give the reader an idea of what is true and what he made up An uneducated reader may be left believing I was really looking forward to reading this book it has great reviews and mixes historical fiction with a modern mystery About polygamy, history, and mystery I expected to love this novel I was deeply disappointed First, the reader can t tell when the author is writing a fiction part of the historical fiction and what is indeed part of history There are no chapter notes of any kind to give the reader an idea of what is true and what he made up An uneducated reader may be left believing things about the Mormon religion that are simply not true The author ought to have noted what was a work of his imagination The modern mystery throughout the novel hadfoul language than necessary However, the most disturbing part for me, was the carelessness with which the author wrote about the Mormon religion detailing with inaccuracy sacred covenants that any faithful Latter Day Saint would be offended to hear is written about frivolously in a novel Too bad, I thought this book was a good idea This book is rather unusual because it s actually two books in one One of the books is a well researched historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza Young, Mormon leader Brigham Young s 19th wife who fled polygamy in the late 1800s and made it her life s mission to abolish it succeeding, at least legally The second book is a murder mystery involving a present day polygamist group, with a gay lost boy polygamy sects often abandon young boys to the world so that they are not competition for This book is rather unusual because it s actually two books in one One of the books is a well researched historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza Young, Mormon leader Brigham Young s 19th wife who fled polygamy in the late 1800s and made it her life s mission to abolish it succeeding, at least legally The second book is a murder mystery involving a present day polygamist group, with a gay lost boy polygamy sects often abandon young boys to the world so that they are not competition for wives for the older men as the central character, trying to find the truth in a snarled nest of lies Both stories are engrossing, with the historical aspects reinforcing the modern day drama I found it involving and timely given the court case that rages on even now with Jeffs and his crew in Utah The challenges to spirituality and faith that both sides of the polygamy issue present are very nicely handled in both time periods Fans of Under the Banner of Heaven and Escape will certainly like this book This is a provocative work It deals with difficult issues in areas of community, doubt, faith, family and marriage The author loosely interweaves two fictional stories one of the effects of Mormon polygamy on a few people in the 19th century and another focusing on a fictional contemporary polygamous group in southern Utah that strongly resembles the FLDS group led by Warren Jeffs and his predecessors Blending a contemporary murder mystery set in a fundamentalist polygynous enclave, with a f This is a provocative work It deals with difficult issues in areas of community, doubt, faith, family and marriage The author loosely interweaves two fictional stories one of the effects of Mormon polygamy on a few people in the 19th century and another focusing on a fictional contemporary polygamous group in southern Utah that strongly resembles the FLDS group led by Warren Jeffs and his predecessors Blending a contemporary murder mystery set in a fundamentalist polygynous enclave, with a fictionalized account of the life of Brigham Young s infamous 19th wife, Ann Eliza Webb Young was an interesting, and for me successful, device I found both story lines engaging The book makes me want to readof Mormon history and the psychology of mass movements, though I had those interests before reading Ebershoff s story I found the main characters were sufficiently well developed to be credible and complex Apologists for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints The Mormons could feel the book s approach polemical though I feel the author wasinterested in illuminating some historical problems with the system officially abandoned and proscribed by the LDS church, and the continuing lack of candor about the practice along with questions of individual faith and the tension between coercion and support in human communities, especially authoritarian religious communities that stifle dissent and questioning In some ways, the book was hard to finish because of the painful situations of characters in both the 19th century practice and the contemporary polygamous community Though it was difficult reading at times I feel the story was sufficiently thought provoking to be worth the effort I found resonance with my own personal concerns about the relationship between faith and doubt, the importance of belonging community and the perils of unquestioning obedience and fanaticism Caveat This book may be unsettling to devout Latter day Saints who have not read much about 19th century or contemporary polygamy I recommend reading Mormon Enigma or Mormon Polygamy before reading this book for those with no previous background outside of official LDS lesson manuals I was asked to answer questions at a Library Book Club about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that sparked because of this book On doing research to know how to respond to some of the questions many have on why our faith practiced polygamy over 100 years ago, I came across an article that I felt answered a lot of questions that I agree with.http www.fairlds.org Misc PolygamyThe book club was very excited to ask difficult questions in a setting that was not offensive I foun I was asked to answer questions at a Library Book Club about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that sparked because of this book On doing research to know how to respond to some of the questions many have on why our faith practiced polygamy over 100 years ago, I came across an article that I felt answered a lot of questions that I agree with.http www.fairlds.org Misc PolygamyThe book club was very excited to ask difficult questions in a setting that was not offensive I found the experience to be valuable, and faith promoting I also thought it was nice of them to ask going right to the source to ask about our history and beliefs.On that topic, I suggest also to visit or are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints official websites.Overall, I feel that this book is not worth anyone s while to read It is full of opinions and part truths However, the subject is interesting You could read ABOUT polygamy, and never run out of things to read I personally enjoyed reading biographies about Brigham Young called Brigham Young, Modern Moses Prophet of God , and Lion of the Lord The website also had many other documents that were interesting to read These are not official church books or websites, however, they do look at it in a positive way, which is a needed twist after this book I ll end with this quote The sole danger which historical information about polygamy poses to members of the Church or sincere investigators occurs only if they stop their research too soon Church critics are quite happy to lead their marks part of the way, only to abandon them when the story is just getting good by Gregory L Smith, M.D 3.5 stars.I enjoy reading about other religions and learning what makes them unique I have some Mormon relatives, and that religion has always seemed mysterious to me, with only the most devout being allowed to enter the temple and wonderings about who might after all be a secret polygamist That last part isn t anything I suspect my cousins of, but it fascinates me nevertheless.In The 19th Wife the author has done his research on a wife of Brigham Young s, his 19th, who became somewhat famous 3.5 stars.I enjoy reading about other religions and learning what makes them unique I have some Mormon relatives, and that religion has always seemed mysterious to me, with only the most devout being allowed to enter the temple and wonderings about who might after all be a secret polygamist That last part isn t anything I suspect my cousins of, but it fascinates me nevertheless.In The 19th Wife the author has done his research on a wife of Brigham Young s, his 19th, who became somewhat famous after leaving him to crusade against polygamy because of what it did to the neglected wives and children Much in thanks to her, it was outlawed in 1890 and the Prophet at that time told his people to stop as well but polygamy continued as a separate faction for those who still believed it was an edict from God Or for those needing an excuse to own a private harem.There are alternating modern day chapters too few in my opinion of a 19th wife of a polygamist whom she is accused of murdering Her son, a young gay man excommunicated from the church as a young teen, comes back to Utah to seek the truth from his mother and the very secretive commune ity of sister wives and their plethora of offspring.The meat of Ann Eliza s story took a long time to get to, between the 350 400 page mark That s because Brigham s chapters gave a great deal of minutiae and were drawn out Most interesting was that the way they count wives gets very complicated, subtracting out those who no longer receive conjugal visits and those who disappear So Ann Eliza was in fact Brigham s 52 out of 55 total.For another view of a fictional modern day polygamist family, I recommend watching HBO s 5 seasons of Big Love if you can find it on OnDemand or video starring Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn For me it was addictive This book made it into the realm of the I can t put this down I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Mormon history or religion in general both topics which interest me The major theme of this book is truth who decides what is truth, does everyone have their own truth based on their desires I first heard about this book on NPR Serendipitously the author was visiting Pasadena where he is from when I was on an extended trip there I was fortunate to be able to attend his rea This book made it into the realm of the I can t put this down I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Mormon history or religion in general both topics which interest me The major theme of this book is truth who decides what is truth, does everyone have their own truth based on their desires I first heard about this book on NPR Serendipitously the author was visiting Pasadena where he is from when I was on an extended trip there I was fortunate to be able to attend his reading at an amazing independent bookstore, Vroman s.The book weaves together the story of Ann Eliza Young, Brigham Young s infamous 19th wife, who divorced him and lectured around the country about polygamy It seems to be agreed upon that she was instrumental in forcing the Mormon church to renounce this practice in 1890 The other story is that of another 19th wife, this one a modern polygamist, akin to the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints that have been much in the news The modern 19th wife is accused of killing her husband, which her son finds out by chance, as he has been kicked out of the community This story, told from her son s point of view, was the most compelling to me I found myself looking ahead to see how many pages I had to get to those parts