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Women are too wise to opt for polygamy

Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 12:00 am

I just finished reading "The 19th Wife," by David Ebershoff, the historical fiction account of polygamy and the subsequent divorce of self-proclaimed prophet and leader of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young, and his 19th wife, Ann Eliza. Bouncing between the 1870s and a present-day polygamy sect where a murder has been committed, it is a fascinating account of the roots of polygamy and why it continues today as a fringe religion.

I am no book critic, and certainly I don't have the influence of Oprah Winfrey to bring a struggling author to the pedestal of fame. This book wasn't even the best book I have ever read, but I found the idea of having, or even wanting, more than one wife at a time strangely interesting.

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