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Reading Notes: David Ebershoff Book Tour

EbershoffI turned the last page of David Ebershoff’s historical novel The 19th Wife today, a book with two narratives that interweave Ann Eliza Young’s crusade against polygamy in Church of Latter Day Saints and a modern day murder in a polygamous society. My review is scheduled to be posted on Wednesday, May 20, as I’ll be hosting the virtual book tour. If you haven’t done so, check out the complete book tour schedule at TLC Book Tours. You will find many other great books on tour, including an upcoming read in my pile, The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein.

The virtual book tour celebrates the paperback release on June 2. From the TLC Book Tour website:

About David

David Ebershoff is the author of three novels, The 19th Wife, Pasadena, and The Danish Girl, and a short story collection, The Rose City. His fiction has won a number of awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award, and has been translated into ten languages to critical acclaim. Random House published his third novel, The 19th Wife, on August 5, 2008, to much acclaim. It immediately hit a number of bestseller lists including that of The New York Times. The novel is about one of Brigham Young’s plural wives, Ann Eliza young, as well as polygamy in the United States today. Publisher’s Weekly called it “an exquisite tour-de-force” and Kirkus Reviews said it was “reminiscent of Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose in scope and ambition”, while the Los Angeles Times praised it by saying “it does that thing all good novels do: it entertains us.” Ebershoff has taught creative writing at New York University and Princeton and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. For many years he was the publishing director of the Modern Library and now is an editor-at-large at Random House. He lives in New York City. For more information, visit David’s website.

San Francisco Bay Area Tour Information:
June 2     7:30 pm     Copperfield’s Books       2316 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa
June 3     11:30 am   Towne Center Books      515 Main St., Pleasanton
June 3     7:00 pm     Books Inc. Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
June 4     12 noon     Rakestraw Books            522 Hartz Ave., Dublin

7 Responses

  1. I’ve had this on TBRs forever and have read so many reviews…will especially look forward to your take on it.

  2. I really enjoyed the 19th Wife but preferred the older part to the newer part. I also have The Danish Girl on my TBR which is now being made into a mega-film apparently!

  3. TLC tours feature some marvelous books. This one is definitely on my list. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on it!

  4. I’m really looking forward to reading this book. Wish I could meet the author IRL! Can’t wait to read what you thought of the book.

  5. I really enjoyed this one, but the sections on Brigham Young and Ann Eliza were my favorites. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the book.


  6. I actually have “Pasadena” somewhere in my TBR pile. Didn’t realize it was by the same author of “The 19th Wife”. I probably should read Pasadena before getting to Ebershoff’s current book!

  7. I have read David’s three novels and got very bored. There is not freshness in them. he should write a bit shorter. Nowadays people don’t have much time to read such novels which could be shorter and more interesting if the author worked on them harder.

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