The Lonely Polygamist
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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 3rd 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 602
Edition language: English
Delightful book about a repugnant sub-culture. Upon reflection, 3.5 stars.
James Joyce still lives on. This book was not fun to read even though it had a GREAT title. Books are supposed to be enjoyable. I'm not going to read books for some other pretentious reason.
Ghoul Interrupted is another solid addition to a great series. M.J. continues to be tough AND smart (a rare combination in many modern fantasy novels) Heath continues to be sweet and dreamy and Gil continues to be a complete and utter wuss (all the while injecting hilarity). And finally, after sen...
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 do:No. 5: It surprised me - overall (I don't know what I was expecting of a book about...
Astonishing original writer. Who would ever think that I would feel immense sympathy for a polygamous man and his four wives. Wonderful story of an immensely dysfunctional family that had me gripped to the end. It would have been a five except that it could have been that bit shorter.