Author(s): David Ebershoff
&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;Jordan returns from California to Utah to visit his mother in jail. As a teenager he was expelled from his family and religious community, a secretive Mormon offshoot sect. Now his father has been found shot dead in front of his computer, and one of his many wives - Jordan's mother - is accused of the crime. Over a century earlier, Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, Prophet and Leader of the Mormon Church, tells the sensational story of how her own parents were drawn into plural marriage, and how she herself battled for her freedom and escaped her powerful husband, to lead a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. Bold, shocking and gripping, &amp;amp;quot;The 19th Wife&amp;amp;quot; expertly weaves together these two narratives: a page turning literary mystery and an enthralling epic of love and faith.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;
Shortlisted for Galaxy British Book Awards: Richard and Judy's Best Read of the Year 2009.
David Ebershoff, born in 1969 in California, is the author of two bestselling novels in the US, the first of which, The Danish Girl, is due to be filmed with Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. His fiction has been published in more than a dozen countries to critical acclaim. He has won a number of literary awards, and is a lecturer in creative writing at Columbia University as well as an editor-at-large for a book publisher in New York.