Golden Richards, a prominent, hard-working community leader and businessman, loves his family dearly, although with twenty-eight children and four wives, they do wear him out. Sometimes all he wants is a little peace and quiet, someone who doesn’t talk too much, understands him, helps him relax. Does it make any sense that The Lonely Polygamist (W.W. Norton, $15.95) would seek relief in the arms of a fifth woman? One who happens to be married to his boss? As a matter of fact, it just might. It will surprise you how normal the dysfunctions of this large, rambunctious family really are, and how Barry Udall, who wrote the article in Esquire that inspired the hit television show, manages to follow and develop so many characters and themes in one entertaining book.
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