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The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel


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Brady Udall is the author of New York Times bestseller The Lonely Polygamist, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, and Letting Loose the Hounds. He teaches at Boise State University and lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and children.


"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 "The Lonely Polygamist is a great American novel, perhaps the great American novel of the year." -- BookPage "If you're looking for a big, funny, moving novel to read this spring, look no farther." -- New West "How often does The Great American Novel truly come along?" -- Sexy Prime "A rich, poignant look at a family whose lifestyle may seem absolutely aberrant, but for whom life's issues are wholeheartedly normal." -- Boise Weekly "A thick, transporting, critically hailed novel from which you emerge, blinking but sated, into the real world." -- Miami Herald "Starred Review: Lovers of good writing will find this a pleasure, period." -- Kirkus Reviews "A wry, sympathetic portrait of a spectacularly dysfunctional family." -- The New Yorker "Entertaining ... very moving ... Impressive." -- Chicago Tribune "Starred Review: Udall observes with a keen eye for the ridiculous while showing compassion. Enthusiastically recommended." -- Library Journal "An audacious and frequently funny new novel." -- Wendy Smith - Washington Post "A brilliantly crafted mini-epic that is at turns hilarious, terrifying, and heartbreaking ... Cinematic ... A potential classic." -- Associated Press "Terrifically thought-provoking ... a constantly shifting but marvelously controlled story." -- Bookreporter.com "Starred Review: A superb performance ... Udall's polished storytelling and sterling cast of perfectly realized and flawed characters make this a serious contender for Great American Novel status." -- Publishers Weekly "[A] compelling, rollicking story." -- Salt Lake Tribune "I don't know how true to life this story may be. But it feels right, and it reads beautifully and often hilariously, and I liked it an awful lot." -- Portland Oregonian "An absorbing, moving entertaining novel that will transport the reader into Golden's chaotic world." -- Dallas Morning News "The novel you must read this summer... a riveting emotional tornado of a novel." -- Entertainment Weekly "Uproarious ... Udall's storytelling [displays] ease and humor." -- Philadelphia Inquirer "A profoundly satisfying read, written with a ferocious verve and authenticity." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "There's something cinematic about the way Udall presents this tale, with at least a handful of dramatic scenes that seem to beg for a big-screen treatment. Furthermore, Udall's poetic rendering of the Southwestern landscape brings to mind the lingering, panoramic shots of films like Brokeback Mountain and A River Runs Through It. But most of all it's Golden, Rusty and the novel's other complex characters that make The Lonely Polygamist a potential classic. They remain with the reader after the last page is turned." -- San Francisco Chronicle "The novelist's affection for his protagonist and sensitivity to his domestic despair yields characters and scenes that are precise and unfailingly rewarding. [Udall] has that gift for writing sinuous and convincing sentences that convey his affection without compromising clarity or truth." -- Alan Cheuse - All Things Considered, NPR "Funny [and] moving, [The Lonely Polygamist] is ambitious and it is tender about man's endless absurdities and failings." -- Eric Weinberger - The New York Times Book Review "The Lonely Polygamist is both an astounding feat and a sumptuous feast. This is the Second Coming of the Great American Novel. Or is it the Third? Who's counting? Read this brilliant book." -- Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati "This is big-hearted American storytelling, the best new book I've read in years." -- Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage "What is so great about this unflinching, superbly crafted, big hearted novel is the way it makes us recognize the polygamist(and sister wife) in all of us. Golden Richards' struggles and desires are no different from ours, he just has them in multiples of four. His story not only demystifies and humanizes polygamist culture, it takes a dramatic stand on behalf of families everywhere-from the most conservative to the most alternative-and suggests a way to foreground, amidst all our failings, the rare moment of success." -- Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness "The Lonely Polygamist is a hefty, eager, and bittersweet novel, and it is a page-turner. Brady Udall deals with familial chaos, reckless behavior, and alarming pyrotechnics with wit, grace, and tenderness. He's an enchanter who casts his spell with exquisite sentences and unerring, evocative details. Here is a writer of inordinate compassion and formidable intelligence. Read this remarkable novel, friend, live with it, and I promise you this, little Rusty Richards will haunt your dreams." -- John Dufresne, author of Love Warps the Mind a Little "The Lonely Polygamist cracks open the door to plural marriage and lets in the light. Brady Udall explores the Richards family with the greatest care and humor, building memorable characters that readers will immediately love. Funny and wise, The Lonely Polygamist stands with other great family novels such as The Corrections and Middlesex, and sets Udall on the top shelf of America's writers." -- Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and Animal Crackers

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