it’s complicated

April 7, 2010

The Lonely Polygamist” by Brady Udall is one of this spring’s hot novels that is earning praise along with the buzz.  both LJ and PW give it starred reviews and even Kirkus likes it (gasp!), suggesting that fans of HBO’s “Big Love” give it a read.  the LJ review begins with

Udall’s long-awaited novel (after The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint) depicts a lively, humorous, and sometimes tragic picture of Golden Richards, his four demanding wives, and his 28 children.

with a verdict of

Udall observes with a keen eye for the ridiculous while showing compassion. Think of the zany theatrics of Carl Hiaasen paired with the family drama of Elizabeth Berg. Enthusiastically recommended.

the PW review ends with

Udall’s polished storytelling and sterling cast of perfectly realized and flawed characters make this a serious contender for Great American Novel status.

high praise indeed! in an interview with PW, “Table for 33,” Udall explains his connection to polygamy:

Without polygamy, I wouldn’t exist. My great-grandfather was a polygamist, and if he hadn’t taken a second wife, I wouldn’t be here. It wasn’t talked about much when I was growing up. For a time, my family actually lived in the house he built, this giant house with many rooms and bathrooms. I based the home in the book on that house.

if all that doesn’t pique your interest….  free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment.

posting by marin


2 Responses to “it’s complicated”

  1. Joanne Levien Says:

    This looks really interesting. Would love to preview it. Thanks,

  2. myounker Says:

    wow, MON staff for the win on arcs! it’s on the way.

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