• "The multiplicity of perspectives serves to broaden Ebershoff's depiction not only of polygamy, but also of the people whose lives it informs. And this gives his novel a rare sense of moral urgency"

    The New York Times Book Review
  • "A marvellous evocation of pioneer life... But his sympathy is with Eliza Young and other women trapped in what the Mormons termed 'celestial marriages'"

    Daily Mail
  • "Beautifully written... genuinely enthralling"

    Literary Review
  • "Engrossing... vivid... packed with historical illumination, unforgettable characters... the greatest triumph is the way all this material illuminates the larger landscape of faith"

    Washington Post
  • "Intelligent, compelling, with several decent twists"