The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2010 - Fiction - 602 pages
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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.
  

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This book isn't bad. So why did I decide to put it down uncompleted? It's not great either; the writing is actually very good, the characters are solid, the storyline somewhat interesting. The ... Read full review

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Golden Richards is the husband of four wifes and has twenty eight children with these four wives. Golden, by virtue of his Mormon religion, is the leader of his family but that couldn't be further ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
15
Section 2
41
Section 3
58
Section 4
68
Section 5
74
Section 6
80
Section 7
90
Section 8
106
Section 24
326
Section 25
340
Section 26
357
Section 27
367
Section 28
383
Section 29
398
Section 30
415
Section 31
428

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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About the author (2010)

Brady Udall, author of the highly praised "Letting Loose the Hounds", teaches at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

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