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The Lonely Polygamist spotlights the fragile humanity of the title character, Golden Richards, and his extended family. Through masterful prose filled with palpable heartache — not to mention all manner of hi-jinks — Udall shows that love really can conquer all.
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Golden 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 grief: 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.

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 limits.

Review:

"Udall masterfully portrays the hapless foibles and tragic yearnings of our fellow humans." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The Lonely Polygamist is both an astounding feat and a sumptuous feast. This is the Second Coming of the Great American Novel. Or is it the Third? Who's counting? Read this brilliant book." Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati

Review:

"This is big-hearted American storytelling, the best new book I've read in years." Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage

Review:

"What is so great about this unflinching, superbly crafted, big-hearted novel is the way it makes us recognize the polygamist(and sister wife) in all of us. Golden Richards' struggles and desires are no different from ours, he just has them in multiples of four. His story not only demystifies and humanizes polygamist culture, it takes a dramatic stand on behalf of families everywhere — from the most conservative to the most alternative — and suggests a way to foreground, amidst all our failings, the rare moment of success." Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

Review:

"The Lonely Polygamist is a hefty, eager, and bittersweet novel, and it is a page-turner. Brady Udall deals with familial chaos, reckless behavior, and alarming pyrotechnics with wit, grace, and tenderness. He's an enchanter who casts his spell with exquisite sentences and unerring, evocative details. Here is a writer of inordinate compassion and formidable intelligence. Read this remarkable novel, friend, live with it, and I promise you this, little Rusty Richards will haunt your dreams. John Dufresne, author of Love Warps the Mind a Little

Review:

"The Lonely Polygamist cracks open the door to plural marriage and lets in the light. Brady Udall explores the Richards family with the greatest care and humor, building memorable characters that readers will immediately love. Funny and wise, The Lonely Polygamist stands with other great family novels such as The Corrections and Middlesex, and sets Udall on the top shelf of America's writers." Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and Animal Crackers

Review:

"Lovers of good writing will find this a pleasure, period." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Funny and wise, The Lonely Polygamist stands with other great family novels such as The Corrections and Middlesex, and sets Udall on the top shelf of America's writers." Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and Animal Crackers

Review:

"The Lonely Polygamist is a hefty, eager, and bittersweet novel, and it is a page-turner. Brady Udall deals with familial chaos, reckless behavior, and alarming pyrotechnics with wit, grace, and tenderness. He's an enchanter who casts his spell with exquisite sentences and unerring, evocative details. Here is a writer of inordinate compassion and formidable intelligence. Read this remarkable novel, friend, live with it, and I promise you this, little Rusty Richards will haunt your dreams." John Dufresne, author of Love Warps the Mind a Little

Review:

"Brady Udall's new book is funny, touching and powerful. Its images tickle and glow, disturb and soothe. Sprawling, ambitious, and assured, Mr. Udall's first novel since his 2001 debut, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, bursts with language and originality....Read this. It's a sure bet for Great American Novel of 2010." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"A strength of the work is Udall's careful focus....Udall's prose is affectionate....A fair warning to the reader: The novel's prose and characters are addicting. Don't pick this one up unless you have the time to spend. It's original and lots of fun." The Denver Post

Review:

"The book reads easily, with much humor and occasional stabbing sorrow....I don't know how true to life this story may be. But it feels right, it reads beautifully and often hilariously, and I liked it an awful lot." The Oregonian

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About the Author

Brady Udall is the author of Letting Loose the Hounds, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, and The Lonely Polygamist. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Playboy, and elsewhere. He lives in Boise, Idaho.

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min7586, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by min7586)
Intruiging all the way through! perfect balance of thought provoking story line and interesting sociological and human behaviour perspectives...such a challenging way to live, very thought provoking.
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bua1, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by bua1)
A gripping insight into the Mormon philosophy of polygamy. I came away with a greater understanding of what polygamy entails, and some sympathy for the "Lonely Polygamist" in this book.
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Annelle, August 28, 2011 (view all comments by Annelle)
loved this book from the moment i started it. poor golden, trying soo hard to keep everyone happy, fed, and most importantly, attention. I loved all the kids, especially Rusty, who just wanted to have a stake party for his 12th bday and not share it with his father. Also all the wives and how they where trying to vie for his attention as well. and all the secrets, that golden has to hide from the wives from his new job site to univited guest at the end. A great story about a father of 20+ kids who is trying to keep his head above from sinking and keep everyone happy. An interesting and amusing look into the world of mondern day polygamy with an twists all along the way and a bittersweet ending that will have you cheering for this family. a must read in my book!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393339710
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Udall, Brady
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.25000 x 5.50000 in

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Product details 624 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393339710 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Lonely Polygamist spotlights the fragile humanity of the title character, Golden Richards, and his extended family. Through masterful prose filled with palpable heartache — not to mention all manner of hi-jinks — Udall shows that love really can conquer all.

"Review" by , "Udall masterfully portrays the hapless foibles and tragic yearnings of our fellow humans." San Francisco Chronicle
"Review" by , "The Lonely Polygamist is both an astounding feat and a sumptuous feast. This is the Second Coming of the Great American Novel. Or is it the Third? Who's counting? Read this brilliant book."
"Review" by , "This is big-hearted American storytelling, the best new book I've read in years."
"Review" by , "What is so great about this unflinching, superbly crafted, big-hearted novel is the way it makes us recognize the polygamist(and sister wife) in all of us. Golden Richards' struggles and desires are no different from ours, he just has them in multiples of four. His story not only demystifies and humanizes polygamist culture, it takes a dramatic stand on behalf of families everywhere — from the most conservative to the most alternative — and suggests a way to foreground, amidst all our failings, the rare moment of success."
"Review" by , "The Lonely Polygamist is a hefty, eager, and bittersweet novel, and it is a page-turner. Brady Udall deals with familial chaos, reckless behavior, and alarming pyrotechnics with wit, grace, and tenderness. He's an enchanter who casts his spell with exquisite sentences and unerring, evocative details. Here is a writer of inordinate compassion and formidable intelligence. Read this remarkable novel, friend, live with it, and I promise you this, little Rusty Richards will haunt your dreams.
"Review" by , "The Lonely Polygamist cracks open the door to plural marriage and lets in the light. Brady Udall explores the Richards family with the greatest care and humor, building memorable characters that readers will immediately love. Funny and wise, The Lonely Polygamist stands with other great family novels such as The Corrections and Middlesex, and sets Udall on the top shelf of America's writers."
"Review" by , "Lovers of good writing will find this a pleasure, period." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "Funny and wise, The Lonely Polygamist stands with other great family novels such as The Corrections and Middlesex, and sets Udall on the top shelf of America's writers."
"Review" by , "The Lonely Polygamist is a hefty, eager, and bittersweet novel, and it is a page-turner. Brady Udall deals with familial chaos, reckless behavior, and alarming pyrotechnics with wit, grace, and tenderness. He's an enchanter who casts his spell with exquisite sentences and unerring, evocative details. Here is a writer of inordinate compassion and formidable intelligence. Read this remarkable novel, friend, live with it, and I promise you this, little Rusty Richards will haunt your dreams."
"Review" by , "Brady Udall's new book is funny, touching and powerful. Its images tickle and glow, disturb and soothe. Sprawling, ambitious, and assured, Mr. Udall's first novel since his 2001 debut, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, bursts with language and originality....Read this. It's a sure bet for Great American Novel of 2010."
"Review" by , "A strength of the work is Udall's careful focus....Udall's prose is affectionate....A fair warning to the reader: The novel's prose and characters are addicting. Don't pick this one up unless you have the time to spend. It's original and lots of fun."
"Review" by , "The book reads easily, with much humor and occasional stabbing sorrow....I don't know how true to life this story may be. But it feels right, it reads beautifully and often hilariously, and I liked it an awful lot."
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