The Bryant Reading Roundtable : A Community Book Club


All interested members of our community are invited to join us for an interesting discussion during the highly successful Bryant Reading Roundtable. Our Fall reading selection will be “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff. The book is available for loan through the Krupp Library and HELIN Consortium.

We will meet on Thursday, November 19th at 12:00 pm in the Gulski Dining Room.

The Bryant Reading Roundtable provides a forum for open discussions regarding the understanding, promotion, and celebration of our global society. Please start reading and inform your friends and colleagues.

Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.

Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s “The 19th Wife” combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.

This work from the author of “The Danish Girl” and “Pasadena” is a spellbinding work of literary suspense, set against the history of the Mormon Church that combines historical fiction with a modern-day mystery.

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