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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. 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 name of religion and these women are subservient and faithful and not to mention jealously clawing for any little bit of their man s attention which is thin at best I mean who cares if this pervert feel

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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. 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 who had a very lonely and isolated childhood is now separated from his family and sinking into confusion He develops an attraction for a woman that he sees near the construction site and this complicates an already complicated life even furtherMeanwhile his family is gradually disintegratin

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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 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 who died on his watch buta lot of these situations find him he is n


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  1. says:

    Sometimes when I recommend a book that I've enjoyed I worry about talking it up too much getting people's expectations im

  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

  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

  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

  5. says:

    Slightly grudgingly just 'coz I hate bandwagons literary and otherwise I'll say that this book deserved all the hype it received Here are five things it did well that so many books crash and burn trying to doNo 5 It surpris

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    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 Tri

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    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 U

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    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 who had a very lonely and isolated childhood is now separated from his family and sinking into confusion He develops an attraction for a woman that he sees near the construction site and this

  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 isn't really a happy ending great lists shockingly accurate fundie plyg portraits think bolo ties character archs for al

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    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