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The 19th Wife


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Ebershoff's ( third novel--following The Danish Girl, a New York Times Notable Book soon to be adapted to film, and the New York Times best seller Pasadena--is both a chronicle of one woman's fight to end polygamy in the 19th century and a modern-day murder mystery. Unfortunately, having multiple narrators--Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Daniel Passer--can be confusing; further, the CDs have neither disc number announcements at their start nor end-of-disc announcements at their conclusion. Recommended for medium-sized and large public libraries; academic libraries might also consider. [Audio clips available through and; the Random House hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.--Ed.]--David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Inc., Lafayette Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

This sweeping epic is a compelling and original work set in 1875, when one woman attempts to rid America of polygamy. Ebershoff intertwines his tale with that of a 20th-century murder mystery in Utah, allowing the two stories to twist and turn into a marvelous literary experience. With such a sprawling tale to relate, a few narrators (Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey and Daniel Passer) divide up the roles and deliver a solid, professional reading, true to Ebershoff's prose. A Random House hardcover (Reviews, June 23). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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