The 19th Wife

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The 19th Wife
David Ebershoff - The 19th Wife A Novel.jpeg
AuthorDavid Ebershoff
CountryUnited States
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Preceded byPasadena 

The 19th Wife is a novel by David Ebershoff. Inspired by the life of Ann Eliza Young, the novel intertwines a historical narrative with a modern-day murder mystery. A television movie adaptation aired on Lifetime on September 13, 2010, starring Matt Czuchry, Patricia Wettig, and Chyler Leigh.

Plot summary[edit]

Jordan Scott has been expelled from his fundamentalist sect in modern-day southern Utah, but returns to determine whether his mother killed his father. His mother is the 19th wife of his father. Interspersed with this murder mystery is a historical narrative about Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, which takes place in the late 1800s.

Character list[edit]

  • Jordan Scott is the son of BeckyLyn Scott who is accused of killing Jordan's father. Jordan has been excommunicated from his religious sect. He is a young homosexual man who works in the Los Angeles area in construction.
  • BeckyLyn Scott is accused of killing her husband. She is his 19th wife.
  • Queenie is Jordan Scott's half-sister. He is excommunicated when he is caught holding hands with her. She remains in the community and helps Jordan investigate their father's murder.

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