I give you this very large picture of the book cover to show you how impressive this book is upon first observation. You just can’t tell a book by its cover… I think David Ebershoff is a fine writer, and one whose style I find lulling and seductive. I was drawn into this novel about Mormanism and the foundational doctrine of polygomy wanting to know more…and, so became just like the crowds during the mid 1800’s who were mob-like in their thirsty desires for all the “juicy” details. Perhaps this is one of Ebershoff’s underlying warnings to us. All in all, I found the book just an interesting, but not a new and wonderful twist on a theme. The historic details were the most engaging, but were somewhat flat…the current-day storyline that parralled the historic was light-weight and not very engaging. I wasn’t very attached to the contemporary characters…especially finding Johnny a boy I couldn’t warm up to at all! Would I buy this book knowing all of this??? I probably would just because of the historical details on Mormanism from a woman’s perspective. I think Mr. Eberschoff would have had a better book if he’d just enhanced that historical detail with a ficticious “fill in!” Wait ’til this one comes out in paperback!
Your, Bookish Dame