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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 disintegrating and Golden seems powerless to do anything about it One of the children eleven year old Rusty is especially lonely as well as is Golden s fourth wife Trish who is contemplating abandoning her husband and the polygamist lifestyleThese are brilliantly drawn characters in an excellent book By turns it is heartbreaking and hilariously funny In particular the child Rusty is a character that will stay with readers for a long time to come Every time he appears you want to reach into the book and adopt him but at the same time his hilarious antics and his exceptional voice leave you practically rolling on the floor with laughterThis is really an outstanding book that leaves you rooting for all these characters and for this admittedly dysfunctional family as they struggle against seemingly impossible odds to survive both as individuals and as members of a loving family that only wants to live happily ever after The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline of need love and belonging Beautifully written keenly The Accidental Activist of an American family with its inevitable dysfunctionality heartbreak and comedy pushed to its Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 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 disintegrating and Golden seems powerless to do anything about it One Brenda has a dragon in her blood of the children eleven year Divan Of Rudaki old Rusty is especially lonely as well as is Golden s fourth wife Trish who is contemplating abandoning her husband and the polygamist lifestyleThese are brilliantly drawn characters in an excellent book By turns it is heartbreaking and hilariously funny In particular the child Rusty is a character that will stay with readers for a long time to come Every time he appears you want to reach into the book and adopt him but at the same time his hilarious antics and his exceptional voice leave you practically rolling Choice Stories for Children on the floor with laughterThis is really an Öbür Divan outstanding book that leaves you rooting for all these characters and for this admittedly dysfunctional family as they struggle against seemingly impossible Summary of Homo Deus odds to survive both as individuals and as members Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes of a loving family that The Teams Milking Cow only wants to live happily ever after

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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. 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 knocked my socks off it was a book I couldn t put down while I was reading it and can t stop thinking about now that I ve finished itThe novel is about a large polygamist family redundant circa 1978 that is spiraling out of control The narrative mainly focuses on three characters Golden Richards the patriarch of the family who is secretly working on the construction of a brothel in Nevada but telling his family it s an old folk s home Trisha the fourth and newest wife who has recently lost a child and Rusty the one kid in the family who can never do anything right who has tragically smelly feet and a secret penchant for trashy romance novelsWhen I heard that Brady Udall was working on a novel about polygamists I was skeptical I enjoyed his first book The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint but thought that a novel about polygamists would either be really creepy or really condescending This book is neither The characters are sympathetic and endearing in spite of their many flaws and the polygamy thing ends up being a really smart backdoor way to write about Mormon experience families faith and belonging to a socially weird religion all taken to their most extreme manifestation It also has the gravitas of a Great American Novel at six hundred pages it covers a lot of ground from nuclear testing to disco feverIn the way it was structured the book reminded me a bit of Catch 22 The first half of the novel is very very funny I laughed out loud in parts The second half of the novel though becomes and serious as it progresses without becoming heavy handed The book ends up being heartbreaking in the best possible way with just a hint of hopeI highly recommend this book It was an immersive captivating reading experience This is a book on par with such 21st century masterpieces as Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Marilynne Robinson s Gilead and Cormac McCarthy s The Roadhttpeverydayireadthebooksblogspot

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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 really knocked my socks off it was a book I couldn't put down while I was reading it and can't stop thinking about now that I've finished itThe novel is about a large polygamist family redundant? ci

  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 w

  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 that I would not like any of the characters the polygamist husband in particular

  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 disable

  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

  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 books unfinished of course I'm shocked by the amount of time I wasted reading somethin

  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 r

  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 complicates an already comp

  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

  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

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