Author: David Ebershoff
Genre: Historical fiction/thriller
Publication Date: 2 Jan 2009
Publisher: Black Swan
Its 1875 and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her husband Brigham Young, who is the prophet of the Mormon Church. Ann Eliza Young starts a crusade to end polygamy in the United States of America.
Just after the reader is getting to know Ann Eliza Young a second narrative begins. That tells the tale of murder in a polygamist family in modern Utah. We are introduced to Jordon, who was thrown out his fundamentalist sect years earlier, he must reenter this world that has thrown his aside to discover the truth of his fathers murder.
It has taken me a long time to finish this book and it is unlike any book I have really read before.
I felt that this book was really two stories in the one book. The first was the historical fiction novel about the plight of Ann Eliza Young to end polygamy in the United States. The second novel is a murder mystery involving Jordon who has to reenter a world that has cast him out in order to solve his fathers murder.
The only thing that links the two book is the theme of polygamy. I felt at times that this book could of been split into two different books and it might have been easier to digest.
This book was a bit dry in places and I got extremely bored and it took a lot of stubbornness on my part for me to actually finish this book. However on the whole it was a well told book and the historical sections was interesting. I would recommend this book if you have a lot of time on your hands.
This book completes Challenge 1 of my book challenge.