Review: Effigy by Alissa York

I often read book reviews with the intent of adding to my request list at the local library. There are often 100 people or more ahead of me on these request lists, so it can take months before I actually get my hands on the book. As a result I often forget why I wanted to read a particular book. Effigy is just such a book.

Effigy is about a polygamous Mormon family in the 1850s. Not the type of book I’d usually read. Well, I figured there must be a reason I wanted to read the book back when I added it to my library requests, so I dove on in. The characters were interesting, complex and had depth. I wanted to know more about the characters as I progressed through the novel. I was intrigued by the women who accepted a polygamous lifestyle.

I did find most of the male characters a bit hard to take. But that may be my attitude towards polygamy and organized religion coloring my impression of the characters.

Overall, an interesting read. The plot had some interesting and unexpected twists. The story was character driven in a way that I particularly enjoy. My one complaint, without getting into details, is that I did find the ending somewhat frustrating.

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Published in: on February 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Have you read Escape by Carolyn Jessop? I just finished it the other day and have now requested Effigy from my library (although I live in the Bible belt so books such as these are slow to get and hard to come by). I highly recommend Escape, it was heart breaking and heart warming all in one. Love your blog btw!

  2. Thanks for the comment and the reading suggestion. I did a quick search for Escape and it does look interesting!


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