Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sister Wife

Celeste was born and raised in Unity, a small community that follows the Movement, a religious lifestyle that practices polygamy and resides without a lot of modern conveniences. She has always had to fight to fit in, whether it be with her huge family, her friends, or even within her religion, always wondering if she were meant to be a wife and mother. At 15, she is set to be assigned to a husband very shortly, a man who will be much older than her, already married to several other women, and a father to many. Celeste is not sure she can be happy within that lifestyle, as her younger sister Nanette has felt she is destined to be a part of. Celeste wishes to rebel against the process, but does not want to bring heartache and shame to her family.

Told in alternating voices of Celeste, Nanette, and Taviana, a girl who once lived in the "real world" and stayed for a time in Unity, Sister Wife takes an in-depth look into the life of polygamists and how some women truly believe it is their destiny to be married to a man with other wives and some simply do not. This book is a completely unbiased look into this lifestyle, allowing for the heart of the characters to really flow outward and the message of individuality to come across strongly.

Very well-written and filled with realistic and honest characters, Sister Wife is not to be missed, especially after the recent media coverage of the polygamists sect in Texas. This really is an unbiased view, allowing for the real plot to come through. I loved it.

If you want to learn more about the title or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.


Susan said...

Despite the fact that I'm Mormon and I HATE it when the media obsesses about polygamy, I think this book sounds interesting. I'm glad to know that you found it unbiased, since so many books/movies about polygamy are COMPLETELY biased. Anyway, thanks for the review. The book looks really fascinating.

Serena said...

Looks like a good read. Sorry you didn't get to nominate it.

Amanda said...

I really felt it was an unbiased portrayal of a polygamist lifestyle. I would definitely be interested in hearing what others think though! If you read it, let me know!

Lisa said...

I'm interested in how it makes polygamy seem reasonable. I like to think I have an open mind, but I just can't fathom thinking it's a fair situation for all the wives. I'd love to see an account that explains it. I do have one of the recent other books on polygamy (Escape by uh. someone) but haven't read it.

Amanda said...


That's the thing...the book doesn't make polygamy seem reasonable OR unreasonable. It's simply the story of 3 different girls, each having to make difficult decisions in her life. Polygamy definitely takes a backseat to the real story.