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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Lonely Polygamist

Wendy, our multi-talented events manager, reviews Brady Udall's latest:
The Lonely Polygamist  is the best book I've read all year. Author Brady Udall has finessed the dynamics of polygamist relationships into a fantastic story, creating a timeless tale of a family that's just ever-so-slightly different.

You become totally familiar with each character's plight as they navigate the difficulties of marriage and kids--yet you're in a unique landscape in which a family has one husband (Golden), four wives, and a slew of children. What I found most enjoyable was the way in which Udall avoids letting that detail of Golden's relationship distract. You immediately accept each family member while being swept up in the author's distinctive and compelling narrative.

It's a wonderful ride filled with humor, sadness, frustration, and joy--one of those books about which you envy others for not having started, knowing what a treat they're in for.
 Brady Udall will be reading here at Third Place Books on Saturday May, 15th at 6:30PM.  So come on down for the Children's Book Sale (20% off all children's books that weekend) and stay for this highly anticipated author event!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Wendy, I am hunting down Lonely P. quotes for a store display on this and Day for Night, our two best all-around bookseller reads for spring--hope it's ok that we use a snippet from yours. Best, Daniel, the bookseller from Milwaukee who got stuck in traffic on a freeway to a bookseller dinner, only to realize after an hour we were going in the wrong direction.