Family. Readers who like thick novels that tell stories that dig into the thicket of human behavior will enjoy Brady Udall’s 600 hundred page book, The Lonely Polygamist. Protagonist Golden Richards has four wives, twenty eight living children and a job building a brothel that keeps him away from home most weeks, leaving him as the title indicates, lonely. On page 193, Udall sums up Golden’s predicament: “He was a man with a crush on a prostitute, a condom in his wallet and gum in his public hair-what could it all mean?” Despite his lifestyle, or because of it, Golden is a likeable, bumbling everyman. His life and work, his concerns and foibles, could be those of any of us. After six hundred pages, I both laughed and sighed.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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