The 19th Wife
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The 19th Wife is a novel by David Ebershoff. Inspired by the life of Ann Eliza Young, the novel intertwines a historical narrative with a modern-day murder mystery. A television movie adaptation aired on Lifetime on September 13, 2010, starring Matt Czuchry, Patricia Wettig, and Chyler Leigh.
Jordan Scott has been expelled from his fundamentalist sect in modern-day southern Utah, but returns to discover if his mother killed his father. His mother is the 19th wife of his father. Interspersed with this murder mystery is a historical narrative about Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, which takes place in the late 1800s.
- Jordan Scott is the son of BeckyLyn Scott who is accused of killing Jordan's father. Jordan has been excommunicated from his religious sect. He is a young homosexual man who works in the Los Angeles area in construction.
- BeckyLyn Scott is accused of killing her husband. She is his 19th wife.
- Queenie is Jordan Scott's half-sister. He is excommunicated when he is caught holding hands with her. She remains in the community and helps Jordan investigate their father's murder.
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