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Sister Wife explained Sister Wife, review Sister Wife, trailer Sister Wife, box office Sister Wife, analysis Sister Wife, Sister Wife 9904 In The Isolated Rural Community Of Unity, The People Of The Movement Live A Simple Life Guided By A Set Of Religious Principles And Laws That Are Unique To Them Polygamy Is The Norm, Strict Obedience Is Expected And It Is Customary For Young Girls To Be Assigned To Much Older HusbandsCeleste Was Born And Raised In Unity, Yet She Struggles To Fit In Perhaps It S Because Of Taviana, The Girl Who Has Come To Live With Them And Entertains Celeste With Forbidden Stories, Or Jon, The Young Man She Has Clandestine Meetings With, Or Maybe It S The Influence Of Craig, The Outsider She Meets On The Beach Whatever It Is, She Struggles To Accept Her Ordained Life At Fifteen She Is Repulsed At The Thought Of Being Assigned To An Older Man And Becoming A Sister Wife, And She Knows For Certain She Is Not Cut Out To Raise Children She Wants Something For Herself, Yet Feels Powerless To Change Her Destiny Because Rebelling Would Bring Shame Upon Her FamilyCeleste Watches As Taviana Leaves Unity, Followed By Jon, And Finally Craig, The Boy Who Has Taught Her To Think Outside The Box Although She Is Assigned To A Caring Man, His Sixth Wife, She Is Desperately Unhappy How Will Celeste Find Her Way Out Of Unity Torn From The Headlines And Inspired By Current Events, Sister Wife Is A Compelling Portrait Of A Community Where The Laws Of The Outside World Are Ignored And Where Individuality Is Punished

  • Paperback
  • 280 pages
  • Sister Wife
  • Shelley Hrdlitschka
  • English
  • 21 September 2018
  • 9781551439273

About the Author: Shelley Hrdlitschka

Shelley discovered her love for children s literature while teaching school This inspired her to write her own books, and she is now the author of eleven novels for teens, all published by Orca Book Publishers.Shelley lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia When she s not reading or writing she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practising yoga, Zumba dancing or hanging out with the grizzly be



10 thoughts on “Sister Wife

  1. says:

    One star Hardly I feel like I have to preface this by saying that 1 I ve read than a dozen books and memoirs in relation to the Fundamentalist Church of the Later Day Saints, and have researched them than that, and 2 I have written papers about their culture and consider them a serious sociological interest of mine Therefore, I probably am not the kind of reader that Hrdlitschka was looking for in writing Sister Wife Regardless, I read it And was seriously disappointed First of all, the location of Unity is fairly ambiguous as the author is from Canada and their are several similar communities there, it could be assumed that this is where the story is set In fact, if the author had chosen the Canadian branches the branches usually viewed as slightly less intense groups of the church as her inspiration, a lot of the other issues in this review would not have been noted However, the author includes several references in the book about the Prophet of the religion living in their community inferring that it must be a US community, as the church has never had a Prophet whose residence was in the Canadian territories The first huge and glaring issue with this story is the character of Taviana a former teen prostitute taken in by the families of Unity This is an absolute impossibility, the cultures would never allow an outsider to join their community, especially not a runaway prostitute Never In addition, the idea that a leader in the community would visit this prostitute as a customer and that he would be the one to bring her into the community is unrealistic in any world let me just bring my service provider as close as possible to my children and eight wives, they won t notice In the beginning of the story it makes a good plot for the community for a young adult or middle grade audience the young girls are struggling to remain as pure in mind as they should That s about the extent of the positives of this part The Prophet, from the pulpit at one point, discusses undressing his young brides and alludes to sexual relations False This would never happen He would perhaps say that in the company of men, but never of women No man in FLDS church would ever speak about other wives, sex, naked ness, the culture of their marrying of young women, anything in the presence of women especially unmarried girls In addition, the people of the FLDS do not speak of nudity because they are rarely nude including during sex The religion requires serious and strict underwear and garments that includes socks so that no skin is ever visible aside from the hands, neck and face on men or women The garments have flaps for intercourse Finally, sex, kissing, and relations are not discussed or viewed in anyway Therefore, the idea of sex being discussed IN CHURCH is so far from the truth it s laughable This also means that the girls dreaming of kissing something they have never seen, let alone experienced, is riduculous.Later, Celeste is in the creek playing with rocks Something that is also very far from likely as the people of the FLDS are taught that water is evil and where the devil resides They are told that the water is dark and the location of evil spirits that will try to steal them away The idea that a young FLDS member would venture anywhere near the water alone and for joy is impossible Celeste plays in the water and notes a rock sculpture made by an outsider This is improbable as FLDS communities are sectioned off by fences, if not walls, and well guarded from outsiders Not only would the artist not be able to get anywhere near a road by a creek inside their town, the teen boys who had left the community would have been shot on sight Farther along, when Celeste is scolded by her father, it also holds little truth I understand that a tired and somewhat sympathetic father is helpful to the story, however in the FLDS Celeste s behavior would have put their entire family at risk of being punished or re assigned, and would never have been allowed In addition to this, the idea that Celeste and Nannette s mother is able to be depressed and on bed rest is unlikely as the people of their church believe that if God wishes for a baby to be miscarried it is a necessary punishment for poor faith and behavior on the part of the mother or father In addition, child and spousal abuse are prevelant in the church, and age would not prevent whipping This brings us to the issues with the death of Colleen firstly, the ambulance would rarely have been called The people of the FLDS consider ALL outsiders dangerous and out to ruin them Therefore, hospitals are never to be trusted, even if we would consider them to be medically necessary Also, the neighboring brother in law would never have been permitted to attempt to bring in these outsiders After Collen dies everyone is sad This is not allowed in the church, death is a blessed and great thing in the FLDS No mourning or saddness would be permitted In fact, it would have been considered a severe lack of faith When the Prophet comes to tell the people to get rid of the child prostitute who wouldn t have been allowed in the home in the first place, it is once again an impossible thing The Prophet himself would never have been involved in the situation there are bishops and deacons and an entire hierarchy in the religion so the the Prophet never gets his hand caught in the cookie jar of situations like that When Taviana is kicked out and dropped off in Springdale, Celeste and Nannette s father says later that he gave the teen money and offered help With her removal from the community, any help given to her would have been considered a direct attack on the Prophet s decision and orders In addition, the practice of disowning and abandoning teens is an amazingly common thing in the FLDS especially teen boys and would not have been foreign to any of them When Celeste thinks fondly on her time stolen with Jon where they kissed several times a serious issue as they would hardly know what kissing was before a marriage and where she hiked up her skirt a fact I ve already discussed as she would have been seriously shrouded in several layers of religious underwear we are faced with another flaw the liklihood that Jon would be allowed out on his own is unlikely, the reason why young boys are kicked out of the community is because young girls seek them out as they are their age Jon would have been watched very, very closely and it is unlikely that at the time the story is set in he would have been allowed to remain in the community at all However, I would also like to note here that the idea that the girls would be aware and able to discuss the fact that they are only going to be assigned to older men is so very far from the truth it is a hidden and undiscussed item, and questioning it would be blasphamy I will give the author credit on one count Nanette She is well written and original in the subject matter, being a girl that welcomes the beliefs of the community and even covets an older man Also, her fantasizing if unlikely, being that such a serious devotee would not welcome the impurity Her tattling however is very, very realistic and well written However, her speaking up on so many counts and complaining vocally about her father s choices would be incorrect for the same reason as the dreams Finally, regardless of her age, her asking to be added to the list of women to be assigned would have been lauded and made many proud not corrected or reprimanded by her father All in all, this book was disappointing The author cherry picked one single aspect of the community she chose to write about the plural marriage, and ignored every single other thing If she wanted to write a book about polygamy in a comforting and kind way, she would have been better off heading for a secret family in the style of Big Love , not the FLDS world It s as if the author did no research something that than a few middle grade authors feel they can get away with and I blame them for the ignorance of the generation about current events This topic is not a middle grade one, and I commend her for trying to participate in it and make it palatable however, this was a failure on so many levels.

  2. says:

    First off, I d like to say that I m thirteen So since the characters and I were so close in age, I felt strongly about this 1 This is not a young adult book I was DISGUSTED when I read this A thirteen year old girl DESIRED to have sex do wifely things with an old guy with cracked lips and like no hair If you are like me and imagine yourself as the characters, this is a terrible book to read I hated reading about how the old guy had sex with Celeste I was uncomfortable reading about how the dad mistreated her mom right after a c section and didn t let her take pills to ease the unbearable pain after having surgery I read on the back of the book that this is for 12 WHAT The issues in this book were something that I had no experience with When 15 year old married Celeste talked about loving her baby , I couldn t connect because I haven t had experience or know much about that It s not fun reading about something you have no BK background knowledge on Speaking of which2 I have never even heard of polygamy I actually sometimes love reading books centered on a learning life topic I don t know, because I get to learn about it The reason I picked this up was because of the back talking about Unity and individuality is punished something I didn t know much bout Unfortunately, it looks like the author decided to wing it If your audience is 12 , and the topic is not widely spread, you CANNOT wing something Half of the time, I didn t know what was going on and was mega confused because the author didn t explain anything It got to the point where I was scanning pages for something I actually could understand All I know about polygamy now is that it s a secret community inside the U.S or whatever and that the girls at a very young age are forced to marry an old guy and produce as many babies as possible or they go to hell Take a look at Celeste s mom 32 and she already has 8 children And that s considered minor You know, I could have looked that up on Google This story was supposed to give me this info but make it INTERESTING, by giving me characters I would care about Epic Fail 3 I don t know about you folks out there, but I m not capable of being at two places at once For me, this book felt like that It talked about Celeste and Nanette s life in the Unity, and it felt like living, IDK, in the 1200 s They had no idea what a dishwasher was, what a cellphone was, etc The only reason I convinced myself this book WASN T time traveling was the fact that they talked about hiding from the police, and the fact that they had car transportation Going on to Taviana She was a prostitute before, living on the street, the same age as Celeste WHAT It s 1 all over again Then Jimmy, yeah, we don t get much info on him either, so just think of him as random guy who appears randomly throughout the story to randomly rescue random people , found her and led her to the Prophet, who let her live there for a year and a half before kicking her out because she was attracting too much police attention Again, Taviana s world was the real world , what we live in now The combination of Taviana s world and Unity was too much for me In Unity, they lived like in the 1200 s, as I mentioned before It was hard to switch back and forth between worlds, and that made me annoyed.

  3. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book Hrdlitschka explored the lives of a polygamist sect while maintaining an objective point of view without promoting her point of view The reader sees both sides of the issues within polygamy Excellent read.

  4. says:

    I got this book because I am obsessed with stories of religious polygamy I m sure that makes me a little bit voyeuristic and possibly a bad person, but it s the truth This book was in the YA section, which I also found intriguing Overall, this book was kind of dull I guess if you know nothing of FLDS sects or groups of that nature, it would be informative I did end up liking Celeste, the main protagonist, but I was a little irritated by the books mulitple narrators Normally it s a device that I have no problems with, even enjoy, but there is not enough meat in this story to merit being told from three different points of view Maybe two The book s main character, Celeste, is also the main narrator she s the young girl who is questioning her faith in the Movement and the Prophet for a Big Bad, the Prophet is a pretty minor character he s only in two scenes Her sister Nanette is the unquestioning girl looking forward to her marriage to whomever the Prophet decides, and is scandalized SCANDALIZED by her sister s doubts She s also an awful tattletale And then there is Taviana, the outsider girl who was rescued from her life on the streets by a man in the Movement, and then kicked out from the town as a convenient plot device.A major annoyance is that while Celeste has doubts within herself, she doesn t really give herself permission to allow them any traction until she discovers that the boy she likes has those doubts too This is a major problem in a lot of girl driven fiction, and I just wish that Celeste s relationship with Taviana could have been the impetus to admit to herself that her beliefs had changed.The ending is one that I would have hated and disbelieved had I read this book when I was 13 or 14, but that I do understand now The ending is surprisingly realistic and believable, given the rest of the book.All in all, not nearly as titillating as I had hoped, and not interesting enough to make up for it Probably would have liked this much better in junior high or high school you know, the intended audience.

  5. says:

    When I first saw this book, I thought it was another nonfiction book about polygamy I was wrong This book is a piece of well done fiction Not sure if the author had experience with the practice, her information is right on Many of the experiences were similar to my aunt s and my cousins When the girls married they aren t allowed to see their mothers My aunt lived across the street from one of her daughtersnever saw her I also went to HS with the notorious Warren Jeffs and his sisters I saw how they were treated by him He was also a study partner in one of my science classes Many of his sisters have left the group, along with many of my cousins Hurray for the people like Abigail in the story, that helps those that escape the practice of polygamy

  6. says:

    All her life, Celeste has practised purity and obedience in order to be a fitting sister wife Now, with her fifteenth birthday approaching, it will soon be time for the Prophet to announce which man God has assigned her to This will be the man she will belong to for life and eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven It is only through having many wives can a man enter God s kingdom, they believe, and those wives must be pure of thought and obedient to their husbands in order to belong to him there, as well.Growing up in Unity, the settlement where the members of the Movement live, has been a simple, happy time for Celeste She lives in a big house with her father Kelvin and his four wives, including her own mother Irene and her six other children Celeste is the oldest But even after all the housework and time spent looking after the children, and despite her attempts to be obedient, Celeste has impure thoughts she doesn t want to marry, she d rather do something with her life, like be a vet And she thinks about Jon Nielsson, a boy who lives nearby with whom she s merely exchanged eye contact She knows it s wrong, but she can t stop thinking and questioning the things she was raised to believe in.Confiding in her younger sister Nanette turns out to be a mistake Nanette is a firm believer in her place in the world and is shocked at Celeste s disobedience Taviana, a slightly older girl who, over a year ago, was rescued from a life of living on the streets and selling her body by one of the members of the Movement, understands better and the two become even closer Celeste is also drawn to the river, where she saw a young man build an inuksuk a body made of carefully balanced rocks She makes her own, and when she visits later she finds a third so begins a community of rock people, the first creative thing she s done in her life and one that brings her joy and calm.But it is like the calm before the storm, and everything in Celeste s life starts falling apart Her secret meetings with Jon have been discovered by Nanette, who tells their father Soon after, the Prophet assigns Celeste to Jon s father, Martin Nielsson, a much older man who already has five wives but not before Jon leaves Unity, bringing shame on his family He wants Celeste to come with him, but Celeste can t, she can t do that to her own family She doesn t want to marry Mr Nielsson and become like all the other women in the Movement, like her own mother who, now in her eighth pregnancy, is having complications But she can t do that to her mother, or her father She can t bring shame to them.Celeste, Nanette and Taviana must each find their way, reconciling their hearts and their beliefs, their upbringings and their instincts, their needs and their repressed desires.Set in British Columbia but, sadly, Americanised , this story brings to life a polygamous society and subtly explores the problems inherent in it Told in first person narration by the three girls, we get three very different perspectives that flesh out a three dimensional world that, due to its own isolation, also feels barren and secluded The atmosphere is subtle there s a slight edge of volatile unpredictability to the men of Unity that provides an element of danger, and also of threat Yet, at the same time these are for the most part good people, or ordinary people, practising their beliefs and obeying their own laws As with any dystopian society, individualism has no place here if everyone started doing what they wanted to do, the whole structure would fall apart There s also a whiff of perversion there are no young men, say over eighteen, in the story only these much older men getting young girls pregnant It is creepy and repulsive, even though these men aren t portrayed as pedophiles, not only because these girls are so young and na ve and at an age where they should be having healthy crushes like Celeste with Jon but also because they re nothing than breeding machines That side of the story is handled very well, and Hrdlitschka displays a real talent for showing rather than telling, and letting us draw our own conclusions it isn t pro polygamy, but it does try to shed light on and understand why so many women are happy living in such a community, or cult or sect, whatever you want to call it.Celeste is the main protagonist here, and it is her story that resonates the most strongly, that we can identify and sympathise with the most, even though Taviana is of our world Yet even thirteen year old Nanette, so firmly entrenched in the Movement s dogma, is a sympathetic figure We might feel a slight edge of superiority over her, based on a mix of being older and wiser than her and from seeing clearly than she can She develops a youthful crush on Mr Nielsson and he has a strong and yes, creepy liking for her that becomes over blown because their natural desires are so repressed and demonised, these girls don t know what to do with their feelings and ones like Nanette form unhealthy attachments to much older men, father figures even Hers comes from the fact that Mr Nielsson is the first man to show her attention, to touch her even He is taking advantage, no matter how nice he is.This is such a beautiful story, though, told in a simple style while at the same time dealing with a complicated subject The scenes at the river, building inuksuks and learning to balance rocks, provide a restful balance to the perversion of life in Unity the contrast of being one with nature, of enjoying its beauty and adding to it, not destroying it or using it but simply relaxing into it, creates a very nice juxtaposition to the baby factory outsiders jokingly call Rabbitsville It also highlights the stale, forced and unnatural parameters of the Movement, and gradually Celeste adjusts her understanding of God into something that is present in nature, that brings her comfort though she can t shake off her belief in a judging God The prose was a delight to read, effortless and graceful, not fussy or over burdened I was swept up in the story, in the the voices of the three girls, which is devoid of bad grammar and old clich s Sad to say, but when I read books in the Romance genre I m often cringing over the writing, and fixing the grammar in my head Really ruins a story Told in the present tense, the style is also formal especially when Celeste and Nanette are narrating, which fits and adds to the stilted atmosphere of the place and the people I would have liked to have seen of it, get a broader understanding of how it works A lot of the boys have left Unity when you don t let teenaged boys and young men get laid, they re bound to become frustrated and unhappy, but it s only men who get wives Maybe this explains why there don t seem to be any young men all the men in the story are older and established, with several wives already The Prophet has the most wives of course it s always men who start these polygamist communities, quite clearly because they benefit the most They just need to come up with a dogma that supports their perverted desire to have a harem and have sex with young girls and women who aren t allowed to say no I m always torn between repulsion and wanting to vomit, and sheer rage This would be a great book to study in an English class, maybe grade 9 or 10 It raises a lot of questions, both ethical, moral and political, as well as being a beautifully written story about three strong young women and their struggle to realise their dreams, be proud of themselves rather than ashamed, and find an equilibrium within themselves that enables their beliefs to bring them happiness.

  7. says:

    Sister Wife by Shelley HrdlitschkaI think a young adult book has accomplished something when it can be entertaining to adults as well as adolescents without sounding like a YA book I also think it has accomplished something when it has a lesson intertwined within the plot, but that lesson does not hit you over the head Finally, I think a YA book has succeeded when it is unpredictable Unfortunately, Hrdlitschka s Sister Wife does not accomplish any of these tasks, making the book one that I would neither recommend, nor teach In fact, in addition to being predictable, in many cases, it also spreads stereotypes about the fundamentalist religious groups it exposes, to the point that much of the book feels forced.Hrdlitschka s book follows the lives of three girls from The Movement, which is a fundamental Christian society that has closed itself off from the rest of the world in order to follow what they believe to be the true word of the Lord They practice polygamy and life in a world devoid of all modern technology, books, schooling past the eighth grade, and most importantly, individual choice The three girls, Celeste, Nanette, and Taviana all live in the same home, where Celeste 15 and Nanette 13 are sisters, and Taviana 17 is an outsider who was brought in to live with the family She was a past prostitute who lived on the streets in the nearby city, Springdale Celeste struggles with her faith and with the rules of the society, which they call Unity, and Nanette is the pure and faithful daughter who longs to be married and have a child even though she is only 13 Celeste and Nanette s father, Kelvin, is a harsh man who wants his daughters to remain pure in thought and action so that they can be married off soon within the community Celeste however, has impure feelings for a young man in their community named Jon, which is strictly against the rules At 15, she is about to be married off to a much older man who already has many wives and children Celeste is disgusted by this and cannot imagine being stuck in that live forever However, when Jon wants to run away with her she is paralyzed with fear Nanette is Celeste s foil and always seems to be running to their father and exposing Celeste s impurity She longs to be married to the older man that Celeste will be joined to and is physically and emotionally ill when she hears that her sister will marry this man Hrdlitschka takes the story a bit too far when she reveals that Jon, the boy Celeste loves, is actually her new, much older husband s son Jon flees the community and ends up at the same group home as Taviana who has been discarded from the community Amid the story of the girls, Hrdlitschka has a second, minor plot that continues about the building of inuksuk which are stone sculptures of people that were built by the Inuit people and symbolize spirits Celeste and other characters in the book build these sculptures throughout the story, which by the end, becomes extremely tiresome and forced I found myself rushing through the pages upon pages where Hrdlitschka writes about these sculptures Another issue with this book concerns the narration Hrdlitschka rotates between the three girls throughout the book, telling different chapters in various points of view While this can work in some novels, the voices of the three girls is not distinct enough and mid chapter, I sometimes found that I was confused as to who was speaking Overall, while I was initially attracted to the subject of the book because of its sheer difference from mainstream society, the subject in reality is too racy and complex to be the focus of a YA novel, which results in Hrdlitschka watering it down until all that remains is stereotyping I do not believe the book had any redeeming literary merit to make up for the problems with plot, which makes for a book that, ultimately, I would not recommend.

  8. says:

    Sister Wife is just what it sounds like your average feel good, die hard young adult fiction with polygamy, extreme religion, teenage romance and a confused, oppressed young protagonist packaged into one The book centres around three narrators who each provide a unique insight into a secretive, highly systematic patriarchal society, each with a different asset of colours and voices Now the book certainly starts off with an eye catching bang but once you re set off for the ride you may begin to realize that it is not very smooth going all the way The narrators are all isolated, scarcely educated teenagers, so to make their narratives appear plausible the author seems to have framed her patch of rounded narratives into edgy squares which makes the whole story telling very, very literal Then the book s insipidness and lack of solid information becomes evident to the point that sometimes the novel feels like a show of cardboard puppets, despite the books strive for realism repetitive elements begin to resurface and unimplemented, useless fillers flourish Events sometimes feel so artificial, out of place that it s almost laughable The character developments, though well conveyed generally, did not always fully deliver The book is sufficient enough in material to cover a little story, however to reach beyond that borderline to pinpoint and make commentaries on the impacts of similar real world situations it lacks substance The author is clever in that she created a fantastical community in an ambiguous location to write about, never drawing attention to the specific religion that the community members play a part of, so the reader too senses that this book is nothing than a play in fictitious realms That way the author could have liberty or, in another sense, less to manipulate her characters without actually touching the sensitive topics However, if the reader is good humoured enough to look above those faults, they can still close Sister Wife with than a long sigh of relief to take away with Although the main characters are often than not pale and static in their portrayal, they do carry, however subtly, some realistic shadows of thoughts, doubts and temptations that we all go through at some point when we begin coming of age regardless of what different circumstances we were brought up in The protagonist does not always get what she wants, what she deserves, due to her own vices and flaws The ending to the story is not a triumphant celebration of good over evil, but welcomes the quiet arrival of new courage, faith, liberty and hopes within the individual When one finds the direction they want to go to in life perhaps to death and all the necessary tools to pursuit that despite outside influences, then it deserves a sigh of relief and a good welcome indeed To the sharp reader with a critical eye who expects high rewards for finishing any literary work, this book will not do at all to quote, the dry, shriveled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut Bronte, 1 Only to the casual reader who out of interest seeks a casual book telling a rather casual version of extreme sociology just for some guilty pleasure to sink their teeth into, I would only dare to recommend such a book to you.

  9. says:

    This was a beatifically unbiased peek into the structured life of modern day polygamy via the vantage points of three young girls living within Unity s vastly populated community We see firsthand how the life of one girl cultivated in this society since childhood is tossed into such turmoil as she begins to begins to question the most sacred of imposed ideals Then in stark contrast we see from the view point of a young girl who believes almost piously in the religion that polygamy portrays Lastly we have another teenage girl who is insinuated to have worked the streets of modern day society before being saved by the polygamist community Personally I don t think this book would have been as poignant or thought provoking as it was without the three drastically different narrators Normally I prefer a single narrator which tends to make everything easier to follow but in this case that doesn t apply in the least I wholeheartedly enjoyed the writing style It was easy to follow without being boring and nothing was overwritten.Anyway I was fascinated by the depth that the author managed to portray polygamy I was continuously trying to imagine myself living in that type of alternate society Suffice to say it was exceptionally unnerving The way that these ideas are constantly bombarded onto anyone born into polygamy is a brilliant way to control someone via brainwash It s interesting to see how this isn t necessarily done through means of fear or hatred but normally through respect, blind faith, and even surprisingly enough love This definitely arose the question of other religions that we are all born into

  10. says:

    Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.comIn the isolated community of Unity, Celeste and her family live simple, yet structured lives They are members of the Movement, a religious sect created by a man called the Prophet In this community, polygamy is widely accepted, strict obedience is expected of all women and children, and young girls are married off to men who are much older than they are Celeste wishes to be pure of heart, but cannot help asking questions about the world outside of Unity She also wonders what it would be like to marry for love instead of obligation Celeste knows that to be a good daughter, she must welcome the Prophet s decisions with open arms, but her growing curiosity won t allow that to happen Celeste does not wish to bring shame upon her family, but her actions will hurt them than she intends I enjoyed this novel because the subject matter is timely, almost as if it were ripped from the headlines of a national newspaper I also felt that having three different points of view was an excellent idea Nanette, Celeste s sister, and Taviana, a new disciple of the Movement, discuss their feelings and beliefs within the community while Celeste carries the narrative These three women have very different experiences within Unity, and yet, they are undoubtedly connected SISTER WIFE is an interesting look at a polygamous community and how it affects the children within those religious sects.

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