Brady Udall is the acclaimed author of the internationally best-selling The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who, despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life.
Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives. And now his construction business is struggling. Yet even after Golden falls in love again and takes a mistress to alleviate his pain, life continues to fall short of expectations.
Udall’s skillfully observed tale is “as comic as it is sublimely catastrophic.” (Publishers Weekly).
“One of the best novels I’ve read in a while . . . Golden Richards, middle-aged, 6-foot-6 polygamist with an overbite, is one of the most appealing, original, and brilliantly tragicomic protagonists to appear in American fiction in some time.” (Newsday)
“A wry, sympathetic portrait of a spectacularly dysfunctional family.” (The New Yorker)
“A thick, transporting, critically hailed novel from which you emerge, blinking but sated, into the real world.” (Miami Herald)
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I was reticent to read this book after all the media hype & reviews, but delighted I did. Many layers of personality conflict, background, beliefs fit together well to keep you thinking over the seemingly simple events long after you have pressed pause. This author had several plotlines seamlessly weaving together to an explosive, fulfilling ending. It is subtly witty and gives cause for contemplation. The title actually sums up the story. Enjoyed this author's style immensely.
I enjoyed the main character, the Dad because I could feel his uneasiness to please and desire to want a few minutes alone. He was so patient, kind, and wanted to do the right thing. I admired him. Also liked the son's storyline. I also connected with his isolation and sadness at the hands of bullying. His desire for his "other mother" was sweet and sad and entertaining.
I liked the part where the main character found the chewing gum...if you listen, you'll know what I mean. It was so simple and funny, but the underlying meaning was fantastic.
The end of the story was fantastic. The plotlines tied together smoothly reaching conclusion. This author knows how to write a superb ending.
Book Proves That Authors Can Think Sideways
- Holly Helscher