The Lonely Polygamist
A NovelBook - 2010
Golden Richards, a polygamist with four wives and 28 children has a midlife-crisis affair that threatens to destroy his family's future, in this tale of a dysfunctional American family from the author of Letting Loose the Hounds.
From a luminous storyteller, a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ large.
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.
Golden Richards, a polygamist with four wives and twenty-eight children, has a midlife crisis affair that threatens to destroy his family's future.
From Library Staff
Brady Udall doesn’t shy away from the big questions. In this sprawling novel set in southern Nevada and Utah’s Dixie, the author of the acclaimed The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (A Southwest Books of the Year pick in 2001) explores the expansive boundaries of love, the redemptive qualities of grie... Read More »