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Publisher Description

A New York Times bestseller: "Udall masterfully portrays the hapless foibles and tragic yearnings of our fellow humans." —San Francisco Chronicle

Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated mini-dukedom 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.

Fiction & Literature
May 3
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

ULSimon ,

Good read

Interesting premise and good characters. I enjoyed it and found it hard to put down.

Boopian ,

Most unusual

I have never read a book quite like this. It is dumbfounding in it's originality. Golden Richards is a completely clueless, compelling character. Read this and be amazed by how many times you are overcome with both laughter and tenderness.

kudzu2 ,

The Lonely Polygamist

Very entertaining and insightful.

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