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@Read Pdf ⚡ The Lonely Polygamist È From a luminous storyteller, a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ largeGolden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twentyeight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated minidukedom 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 As hard as it may be to believe, Golden Richards is lonely Golden has four wives and 28 children, but he's never been lonelier in his life He is mired in a controversial construction job that, if discovered, could bring disgrace to him and his family; he knows his wives and children are looking to himandfor guidance but he can't avoid them quickly enough; he is still mourning the loss of one of his daughters several years ago; and he has begun a tantalizing flirtation with Huila, a Guatemalan woman who doesn't know about his real life He is so afraid of letting everyone down but wants nothingthan to run away and avoid the crushing responsibilities The Lonely Polygamist is a humorous, heartbreaking, frustrating and beautifully written novel that looks at the realities of polygamy through the eyes of Golden; Trish, his fourth wife; and Rusty, one of his sons, who doesn't quite fit in and wants to be unique, not just one of 28 children Brady Udall has done a terrific job creating compelling characters and a story that provides deep perspectives into what has brought Golden to this lonely crossroads in his life While sometimes Golden is a little too passive and you want to react to him the way his wives want to, at his core you see that this is a man desperate for love and approval who is fearful of making a wrong turn but unsure what else to do The literary world has billed this book as the next Great American Novel I don't think it's quite at that level, but it is a really wellwritten book with a lot of heart, one that is definitely worth reading. Sometimes when I recommend a book that I've enjoyed, I worry about talking it up too much, getting people's expectations impossibly high, but that's not something I worry about with Brady Udally's The Lonely Polygamist This book really knocked my socks offit was a book I couldn't put down while I was reading it, and can't stop thinking about now that I've finished it.The novel is about a large polygamist family (redundant?) circa 1978 that is spiraling out of control The narrative mainly focuses on three charactersGolden Richards, the patriarch of the family who is secretly working on the construction of a brothel in Nevada, but telling his family it's an old folk's home; Trisha, the fourth and newest wife, who has recently lost a child; and Rusty, the one kid in the family who can never do anything right, who has tragically smelly feet and a secret penchant for trashy romance novels.When I heard that Brady Udall was working on a novel about polygamists, I was skeptical I enjoyed his first book, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, but thought that a novel about polygamists would either be really creepy or really condescending This book is neither The characters are sympathetic and endearing, in spite of their many flaws, and the polygamy thing ends up being a really smart, backdoor way to write about Mormon experiencefamilies, faith, and belonging to a socially weird religion all taken to their most extreme manifestation It also has the gravitas of a Great American Novelat six hundred pages, it covers a lot of ground, from nuclear testing to disco fever.In the way it was structured, the book reminded me a bit of Catch22 The first half of the novel is very, very funny I laughed out loud in parts The second half of the novel, though, becomesandserious as it progresses, without becoming heavyhanded The book ends up being heartbreaking in the best possible way, with just a hint of hope.I highly recommend this book It was an immersive, captivating reading experience This is a book on par with such 21stcentury masterpieces as Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.http://everydayireadthebooks.blogspot How can a guy with four wives and twentyeight children be lonely? And why should we care, if he is? I mean, the whole idea of polygamy, isn't it well, let's be honest pretty backwards, with a man who fathers dozens of children by multiple women dressed like they're extras on Little House on the Prairie, all in the name of religion and these women are subservient and faithful and not to mention jealously clawing for any little bit of their man's attention, which is thin at best I mean, who cares if this pervert feels lonely??(Besides, how dumb could a guy be Being happily married to ONE person is nigh impossible, how in god's green earth can someone think they can make it work with FOUR, without dire consequences?)Well, Brady Udall did a great job of making me care by creating the clueless character of Golden Richards, who seemed to just fall into polygamy and finds himself wondering how he got there, completely overwhelmed and not up to the task of meeting his family's unquenchable needs Plus, spoiler alert, the guy isn't getting much sex at all So turns out, he's very disappointing as a pervert.And, there are dire consequences Not everyone in the massive, unconventional Richards family will survive the 600 pages that tell this story As it turns out, Golden isn't the only one feeling lonely Everyone there is alone, feels invisible, wants to matter, wants their individuality acknowledged in a meaningful way But somewhere in the chaos of a house that never has a vacant bathroom, full of people wearing fourth generation handmedowns, identities are blurred and forgotten and people are unseen, misunderstood, and, yeah, lonely.Thankfully, Udall writes this epic, strange, trainwreck tale of loneliness with such warmth and humour, I was laughing a LOT, and it really helped to even out the pathos and tragedy The state of Golden's pubic hair was a source of several belly laughs for me over the course of the book Also, I loved the fierce and attentionstarved Rusty, who, at 11 years old, finds so much of his life to be a gyp He's easily one of the best characters I've read in a long time.Part of me wanted the book to end with all the wives seeing the light and packing their bags Dismantling the plural family And with Golden riding off into the distance with a whole new, less complicated life ahead of him But thankfully I didn't write this book, because it ended just the way it should have, and I was left touched, and just as mystified at the whole idea of polygamy as I ever was. As I sit down to write this review, I find myself thinking there is no way that I can possibly describe this book: the banalities I usually employcouldn't put it downfeel so lame because this book was so good, but I'll try.I started out convinced that I would not like any of the characters the polygamist husband in particular, but also, the wives However, the author's painstaking portrayal of the complex emotions that animate each of the spouse's reasons for participating in this lifestyle made it impossible to dismiss any of them, although I ultimately ended up finding the husband (Golden) somewhat pathetic In fact, I didn't like Golden for most of the book, then the story of his daughter Glory's death and funeral is revealed, and it just broke my heart for him Similarly, the author makes you love Rusty (one of the young boys) with all your heart, even though he's kind of gross and maddening the way I imagine young boys can be at times Finally, the chaos caused by and interactions among the 28 children (yes 28) is hilarious without being ridiculous; I would imagine anyone coming from a large family would recognize some of the descriptions as right on the money What I came away with is that this author really cared about these characters which was particularly important I think because the fundamentalist Mormons could easily be reduced to caricatures I read an article that explained how the author made it a point to visit with one of these communities for an extended period, and to me, it shows in the way he humanized his characters.There were also times throughout the book when I would wonder what is the point of including this storyline, and then boom, the author would do something incredible with it One example is a lengthy section describing a night where Golden and two women who will ultimately be his wives live through a night of bomb detonations and radiation fallout: then the story of what happens to one of the girls, Nola, that night unfolds, giving a whole new dimension to this loud, wisecracking, seemingly selfconfident woman in a way that strikes a chord with the vulnerable part of every person.Another thing about this author that simply amazed me was how he artfully manages to make the reader feel profound sadness, and in the next instant, laugh out loud In sum, for me, the range of emotions this book evoked was simply overwhelming The author's observations about how love and loss are always intimately connected rang all too true, and the end of the book contains one of the most moving accounts of death that I have ever read.