The University of Chicago Magazine features David Ebershoff, MBA’96, an editor-at-large at Random House who happens to write bestselling novels in his spare time. The article looks at his most recent work, The 19th Wife. The book, a New York Times bestseller and a Publisher’s Weekly Pick of the Week, is equal parts mystery and exploration of polygamy. From the article:
Ebershoff weaves historical autobiographies, a contemporary genre mystery, academic papers, newspaper articles, letters, even a Wikipedia entry—all fictionalized, but based on historical events and people. “If you ask six people about polygamy, you’re going to get six different answers,” he says. “I thought fiction would accommodate these differences.”
The 19th Wife is Ebershoff’s third novel. His first, The Danish Girl, is currently in production for a movie. For more information, read the full article at The University of Chicago Magazine.