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New Release: The Lonely Polygamist

5137Yl8a3-L._SL160_By Brady Udall
W. W. Norton & Company | 602pgs
Release Date: May 3, 2010

Golden Richards struggles with indecision and loneliness while surrounded by his four wives and 28 children in The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall’s second novel. The Mormon patriarch is under tremendous strain as he divides his time between his family’s three separate households in remote Utah and tries to keep his failing construction business afloat, all while grieving over the death of his young daughter. In an effort to support his family, he goes against his religious beliefs and takes a contacting job building a brothel in Nevada, though he glosses over the truth with his family and tells them it is a retirement home. Richards may have a “God-given patriarchal authority”, yet he constantly struggles to keep up with the demands of his wives, and further complicates his life when he develops romantic feelings for a woman he meets at the construction site. Udall’s story of a man in crisis and a family in chaos encompasses the tragic and comedic elements of real life, with an ultimate message of love and redemption.

Udall has written for several publications including Esquire and The Paris Review. The author has published two previous works of fiction, Letting Loose the Hounds and the critically acclaimed The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. His foray into Mormon polygamy has been well received by the critics. Eric Weinberger of The New York Times declares: “It is funny, it can be moving, it is ambitious and it is tender about man’s endless absurdities and failings…”

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