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Have any of you read The 19th Wife? It is fascinating, a dual account of plural marriage in the Morman past and present community. Fiction and fact! I am loving it. Imagine having ‘sister’ wives!

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      Dalemarie wrote May 3, 2009
    • Not my cup of tea. If you are Morman or another sect that likes tht kind of thing...to each their own I guess.




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      UK Girl wrote May 3, 2009
    • I’ve often wondered what kind of a woman becomes a plural wife or takes to this kind of lifestyle ... it seems you must be open minded or have no self esteem or be good at sharing - not for me




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      Mjmurphy wrote May 3, 2009
    • Oh Jane! I haven’t read this but am writing it down right now. I love these type of books that give you a peek inside a whole different way of thinking and living. Not for me though, I don’t care to share! Anyway, after me he wouldn’t have anything left for another, lol!




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      Jane Woods wrote May 3, 2009
    • I should perhaps have mentioned that the book is fiction and a really good mystery as well. But it incorporates some fact too. A diary was found of the 19th wife who ‘escaped’ and outed the practice. Male children were frequently thrown out so there were enough women to go around for the elder males.
      I could no more fly to the moon than engage in this but it’s fascinating, if completely awful. The women are all downtrodden and ‘bred’ into it. It is a very macho world where the men rule. The book suggests that it is still rife in parts of US today. Scary...




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      Mjmurphy wrote May 3, 2009
    • I still want to read it even though it’s fiction. I have read some non fiction books and articles on the subject. Some stories from women who are wives and seemed very happy with it. Others were the horror type stories of being forced into it as child brides.




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      Jane Woods wrote May 4, 2009
    • Oh definitely read it. I find it hard to tell what is true and what is not, although it is true that this woman was Brigham Young’s 19th Wife and that she left him and told her story. The author interweaves facets of it with his own imagined story about a woman (plural wife) who is suspected of murdering of her husband.
      The author went to the area of Utah and was coldshouldered and literally run out of town. A car followed him all the way on his trip. That kind of isolation always makes you wonder. And it’s primarily women who suffer in these kind of closed communities. It makes me feel ill to think of it.
      Let me know what you think! I am also rereading Jane Austen!! Light relief




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