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I read David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife for the first time while moving cross-country in a rented Budget truck with my dad driving and my cat meowing. Needless to say, in order to keep me reading, I needed a book that was enticing enough to hold my attention, even above the meowing. The 19th Wife , with its combination of modern mystery and beautifully written historical fiction, proved to be the book to save my sanity on that never-ending road trip.