The Lonely Polygamist

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.64 X 1.63 X 9.5 inches | 2.16 pounds
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About the Author

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.


[An] exceptional tale of an exceptional family.
Entertaining . . . very moving . . . Impressive.
[A] compelling, rollicking story.
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.
Uproarious . . . Udall's storytelling [displays] ease and humor.
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.
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.
Starred Review: Lovers of good writing will find this a pleasure, period.
Starred Review: Udall observes with a keen eye for the ridiculous while showing compassion. Enthusiastically recommended.
The novel you must read this summer.... a riveting emotional tornado of a novel.
A profoundly satisfying read, written with a ferocious verve and authenticity.
A brilliantly crafted mini-epic that is at turns hilarious, terrifying, and heartbreaking . . . Cinematic . . . A potential classic.
If you're looking for a big, funny, moving novel to read this spring, look no farther.
Terrifically thought-provoking . . . a constantly shifting but marvelously controlled story.
How often does The Great American Novel truly come along?
An absorbing, moving entertaining novel that will transport the reader into Golden's chaotic world.
A rich, poignant look at a family whose lifestyle may seem absolutely aberrant, but for whom life's issues are wholeheartedly normal.
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
This is big-hearted American storytelling, the best new book I've read in years.--Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage
The Lonely Polygamist is a great American novel, perhaps the great American novel of the year.
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
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