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From a luminous storyteller a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ largeGolden Richards husband to four wives The Lonely MOBI #224 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 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 feels lonelyBesides how dumb could a guy be Being happily married to ONE person is nigh impossible how in god s green earth can someone think they can make it work with FOUR without dire conseuencesWell Brady Udall did a great job of making me care by creating the clueless character of Golden Richards who seemed to just fall into polygamy and finds himself wondering how he got there completely overwhelmed and not up to the task of meeting his family s unuenchable needs Plus spoiler alert the guy isn t getting much sex at all So turns out he s very disappointing as a pervertAnd there are dire conseuences Not everyone in the massive unconventional Richards family will survive the 600 pages that tell this story As it turns out Golden isn t the only one feeling lonely Everyone there is alone feels invisible wants to matter wants their individuality acknowledged in a meaningful way But somewhere in the chaos of a house that never has a vacant bathroom full of people wearing fourth generation hand me downs identities are blurred and forgotten and people are unseen misunderstood and yeah lonelyThankfully Udall writes this epic strange train wreck tale of loneliness with such warmth and humour I was laughing a LOT and it really helped to even out the pathos and tragedy The state of Golden s pubic hair was a source of several belly laughs for me over the course of the book Also I loved the fierce and attention starved Rusty who at 11 years old finds so much of his life to be a gyp He s easily one of the best characters I ve read in a long timePart of me wanted the book to end with all the wives seeing the light and packing their bags Dismantling the plural family And with Golden riding off into the distance with a whole new less complicated life ahead of him But thankfully I didn t write this book because it ended just the way it should have and I was left touched and just as mystified at the whole idea of polygamy as I ever was

Summary The Lonely Polygamist

The Lonely Polygamist

Ture 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 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 relationship at all likeable Udall succeeds admirably in creating Golden and his other characters I came to like Golden and pity him too even while finding him immensely frustrating at times The story is told from three viewpoints those of Golden his fourth wife Trish and one of his sons eleven year old Rusty Trish is well drawn and relatable but it is Rusty who steals the show and stole my heart I challenge any reader to get through this book without tears and without wishing you could give Rusty a much needed hug Bottom line Udall succeeds in making the sprawling Richards family and their many struggles some of them tragic seem familiar even in their oddity This book could also be titled The Accidental Polygamist Golden doesn t have your typical Mormon Fundamentalist background he s originally from the south and has no Mormon pioneer heritage and he just kinds of ends up a polygamist read the book to find out how We ve all heard the sordid stories about polygamous groups for example Warren Jeffs and crew and even those of us like me with polygamy in our family history can find it all uite disturbing and foreign While Udall s story is full of trauma and tragedy Golden and his clan don t seem much akin to what we ve seen in the news even though Udall spent time among polygamous families while researching this book I think this makes the story feel much universal One final note again for sensitive readers There is a fair amount of obscene language throughout although I personally would call this of a PG 13 than an R rated book

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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 fu 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 surprised me overall I don t know what I was expecting of a book about polygamous marriage but I m pretty sure it wasn t this and in the individual details There are a couple of twists in characters and plots that I really didn t see comingNo 4 It built character through scene and dialogue in ways that felt natural and real after my recent experience with Shriver s So Much For That I needed this Some reviewers have taken Mr Udall to task for focusing on so few characters and leaving the remainder as caricatures but I disagree If you think about the secondary characters June Trish Leo even Glory while sketchy they were remarkably varied and I d say pretty well fleshed out beyond being mere plot devices they had their own stories to tell right While also being critical to the GoldenRusty plotline I ll give you Huila as perhaps the least successful character in that regard But overall I thought the secondary characters and plots successful in their own right while also adding dimension to and resonating with the main story beautifullyNo 3 It presented a uniue point of view which if Udall were less deft or compassionate if it was the central focus instead of the milieu could have been reality TV voyeurism that emphasized their otherness instead of docudrama empathy building Because of the essential humanity of each individual character they as in fundamentalist Mormons engaged in plural marriage were not a monolithic block of others I take liberties to assume most of the 12 of you reading this are not involved in plural marriages have I got that right Rather they were individual characters whom we not only felt for but felt like They were us or any other large family with its politics petty suabbles constantly shifting alliances and power dynamics And she or he was me in her or his insecurities feelings of being inadeuate or unloved or unsure or angry or sad or scared or lonely In this sense the docudrama isn t an apt metaphor The plural marriage and fundamentalism were really just setting context for the story of the family and the individuals in itNo 2 It was a great story In my Goldilocks evaluation it had just enough depth and complexity to satisfy not too much to overwhelm or frustrate It had these strange details that seemed like asides an ostrich named Raymond picnics disrupted by atom bomb tests a Mescal swilling Mexican who provides guidance and support at just the right moment and which could have been too much too incidental too over the top but instead added texture to the fabric of the story and were in some ways essential elements without which the whole thing could have fallen apart It hit the sweet spot at least for me and in that regard I d probably suggest a comparison with Chabon s The Yiddish Policemen s Union or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay or Eugenides Middlesex If you liked them you ll probably like this It carried me along with its twists turns segues digressions highs and lowsNo 1 And speaking of highs and lows lots of reviewers have commented on this and I have to say it s the dominant literary feature that gives this book its charm and its power It s tragicomic in the most complete and classic sense It is crazy funny absurd slapstick rollicking good fun while simultaneously in the same paragraph or within one page also poignant devastating heartbreaking and achingly sad And the sadness is founded on a kind of alone in a crowd isolation that is just always so so I don t know what the word is Familiar Essential HumanInterestingly it was not just Golden Richards the titular lonely polygamist who was lonely it was all of them All of them in their own ways which is the loneliest thing of all isn t it


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 really

  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 dress

  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 convince

  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

  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 surprised me ove

  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 the boo

  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

  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 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 ar

  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 avoid them uickly enough; he is still mourning the loss of one of his daughters several years ago; and he

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