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The Lonely Polygamist

by Brady Udall

The Lonely Polygamist
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    May 2010, 602 pages
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    May 2011, 608 pages

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An unforgettable story of an American family--with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy--pushed to its outer limits

I am going to miss Golden Richards. And Trish, Golden's fourth wife. And Cooter, Golden's bug-eyed dachshund mix who, due to an obsessive licking problem, occasionally has to wear tiny undershorts that once belonged to a Swingin' Baby Timmy doll and are "all white except for a yellow explosion on the rear, inside of which the words HOME RUN!!! were printed in blue." I am going to miss them and the dozens – yes, dozens, more than two dozen actually – of children that Golden has with Trish, and Beverly (wife #1), and Nola (wife #2), and Rose-of-Sharon (wife #3).

Sure, Golden is a polygamist, or more accurately a polygynist and a member of a fundamentalist branch of the Mormon Church. More importantly Golden Richards is a man who has been floundering for solid footing ever since the tragic death of his and Beverly's precious daughter, Glory. These days life seems...

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