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Like John Irving and Richard Yates Udall creates characters that engage us to the fullest as they grapple with the nature of need love and belonging Beautifully written keenly observed and ultimately redemptive The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family with its inevitable dysfunctionality heartbreak and comedy pushed to its outer limi. This book s strong points really stellar writing vividly believable but out there characters a set of perspectives that pops the story into three dimensions nuclear blasts an evil ostrich a satisfying ending that isn t really a happy ending great lists shockingly accurate fundie plyg portraits think bolo ties character archs for all a carrot on a stick narrative structure that keeps us drooling along behind trying to figure out where we ve been and where we re going some serious goofiness some weird shiz romance novels a cathouse jolly mexicans evil pimps hormonal pre teens and bits that made me cryAs for the premise take what you think about a plyg family Now invert it Voila Domineering fundie patriarch No He s a bumbling pawn Whimpering naive abused wives looking for escape Nu uh Try worldy women seeking escape from the sour wickedness of gentile life And dead eyed drone children Nope again Willful lonely hungry little people pissed at their 25th hand clothes and lack of attention trying to be good sort of sometimes The characters are pushed to the extreme edge of personality bordering on cartoonish The patriarch Golden is such a dim desperate doofus and the wives are so 1 rigid 2 jolly 3 crazy 4 sad BUT it totally serves the story serves the setting This family 28 living kids and four wives is just any ole family writ largeThat s the real gift of this story and this family it s us No we might not be fundamentalists sharing a husband with sister wives But we do grieve shut down try to escape long to be included stray from the straight and narrow make cataclysmic mistakes and fiercely love our kids What a great author to plop us down in the craziness and then make it human for us Fantastic Three cheers I can t wait to read his next stuff

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The Lonely Polygamist

From a luminous storyteller a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ largeGolden Richards husband to four wives father to twenty eight children is having the mother of all midlife crises His construction business is failing his family has grown into an overpopulated mini dukedom beset with insurrection and rivalry and he is done in with grie. As I sit down to write this review I find myself thinking there is no way that I can possibly describe this book the banalities I usually employcouldn t put it downfeel so lame because this book was so good but I ll tryI started out convinced that I would not like any of the characters the polygamist husband in particular but also the wives However the author s painstaking portrayal of the complex emotions that animate each of the spouse s reasons for participating in this lifestyle made it impossible to dismiss any of them although I ultimately ended up finding the husband Golden somewhat pathetic In fact I didn t like Golden for most of the book then the story of his daughter Glory s death and funeral is revealed and it just broke my heart for him Similarly the author makes you love Rusty one of the young boys with all your heart even though he s kind of gross and maddening the way I imagine young boys can be at times Finally the chaos caused by and interactions among the 28 children yes 28 is hilarious without being ridiculous I would imagine anyone coming from a large family would recognize some of the descriptions as right on the money What I came away with is that this author really cared about these characters which was particularly important I think because the fundamentalist Mormons could easily be reduced to caricatures I read an article that explained how the author made it a point to visit with one of these communities for an extended period and to me it shows in the way he humanized his charactersThere were also times throughout the book when I would wonder what is the point of including this storyline and then boom the author would do something incredible with it One example is a lengthy section describing a night where Golden and two women who will ultimately be his wives live through a night of bomb detonations and radiation fallout then the story of what happens to one of the girls Nola that night unfolds giving a whole new dimension to this loud wise cracking seemingly self confident woman in a way that strikes a chord with the vulnerable part of every personAnother thing about this author that simply amazed me was how he artfully manages to make the reader feel profound sadness and in the next instant laugh out loud In sum for me the range of emotions this book evoked was simply overwhelming The author s observations about how love and loss are always intimately connected rang all too true and the end of the book contains one of the most moving accounts of death that I have ever read

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F due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of a son he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart Brady Udall one of our finest American fiction writers tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who crippled by grief and the demands of work and family becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family’s future. I need to stop forcing myself to continue reading a book even though I m certain I don t like it By the time I stop reading the books unfinished of course I m shocked by the amount of time I wasted reading something I don t enjoyI found The Lonely Polygamist intensely boring I suppose I liked some of the characters I felt for Trish and Rusty and Golden wasn t an entirely unenjoyable person to read about but they were all so dull If any of these people were real I don t think I could hold half of an interesting conversation with them I found myself trudging along despite the intensely easy writing and wanted to be doing something other than reading which I very rarely feel So I skipped to the end something I can honestly say I have never done before discovered that everything is hunky dory in the end which I expected and put it in my i don t needto hang on to this book pileNow it s time to cozy up with Cracking the New GRE That one s sure to be a page turner


10 thoughts on “The Lonely Polygamist

  1. says:

    Sometimes when I recommend a book that I've enjoyed I worry about talking it up too much getting people's expectations impossibly high but that's not something I worry about with Brady Udally's The Lonely Polygamist This book reall

  2. says:

    How can a guy with four wives and twenty eight children be lonely? And why should we care if he is? I mean the whole idea of polygamy isn't it well let's be honest pretty backwards with a man who fathers dozens of children by multiple women dressed like they're extras on Little House on the Prairie all in the

  3. says:

    As I sit down to write this review I find myself thinking there is no way that I can possibly describe this book the banalities I usually employcouldn't put it downfeel so lame because this book was so good but I'll tryI started out convinced

  4. says:

    I picked up this novel because it was on a list of 10 best fiction novels of 2010 I hope that is not the case here or fiction is in a sad state The novel is okay; its not great Udall works very hard to make Golden his protagonist a suffering hero with whom the reader should feel compassion But the guy is really a wimp Yes he takes responsiblity for his family of 4 wives and 25 children and yes he's grieving the loss of his disabled daughter

  5. says:

    Slightly grudgingly just 'coz I hate bandwagons literary and otherwise I'll say that this book deserved all the h

  6. says:

    I need to stop forcing myself to continue reading a book even though I'm certain I don't like it By the time I stop reading

  7. says:

    I’m always eager to read a book with local ties As the title of BYU graduate Brady Udall’s most recent novel The Lonely Polygamist suggests his critically acclaimed work most definitely has themes central to Utah history and culture I picked up this book wondering how successful Udall would be in making his central character Golden Richards a husband to four and father to twenty eight who still manages time to develop an extra marital

  8. says:

    Golden Richards has four wives twenty eight children three homes and a failing construction business He takes a job in Nevada building a brothel and telling his wives that he is constructing a senior citizen center Golden wh

  9. says:

    This book's strong points really stellar writing vividly believable but out there characters a set of perspectives that pops the story into three dimensions nuclear blasts an evil ostrich a satisfying ending that i

  10. says:

    As hard as it may be to believe Golden Richards is lonely Golden has four wives and 28 children but he's never been lonelier in his life He is mired in a controversial construction job that if discovered could bring disgrace to him and his family; he knows his wives and children are looking to him and for guidance but he can't avoi