The 19th Wife

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: David Ebershoff
Title: The 19th Wife
Here is another story (reference “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer) of Mormon culture and the development of the Mormon faith, including the schism that develops between mainline Mormons and the fundamentalists who break away. The story switches between the 19th century in Mormon culture and a fictional murder occurring in the present day in a fundamentalist community. Both storylines are well developed with empathetic characters, contributing to an engrossing read.

The Cat

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Edeet Ravel
Title: The Cat
A single woman’s beloved only son is killed at age 11, leaving her with nothing but the boy’s beloved pet cat. She retreats from the world in her grief, emerging to try to rescue the boy’s father from a deplorable living situation. Does she do this to prove she can still care for and nurture someone, or does part of her wish to eventually reunite with her former partner? The one constant she can depend on is the cat, whom she first resents because caring for the cat means she has to stay alive. It’s an interesting story.