The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel - Brady Udall

The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel

By Brady Udall

  • Release Date: 2010-05-03
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 134 Ratings)


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.


  • Most unusual

    By Boopian
    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.
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    By kudzu2
    Very entertaining and insightful.
  • Hard to finish

    By Argghh!!.!
    I only stuck with the book because I paid for it. Choose something else.
  • The lonely polygamist

    By Denamou
    An interesting and at times humorous book on polygamy.
  • Golden

    By instatone
    The likes of Udall only come by once a century. His voice is refreshing. His stories are touching. His writing is superb. One of the best young writers in the world. You won't be disappointed and there are a lot of surprises to keep you on your toes.