The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall
Mention polygamy at a party and odds are the women are going to think longingly about how awesome it would be to have sister-wives to share the load of work that comes with being a wife and mom and the guys are going to think "whoohooo! with multiple wives I might get to have fun more than once a month!"
This book, which I adored, is here to set the record straight.
It's amazing to imagine, but this story will demonstrate how it's possible to be blisteringly lonely in a nuclear family that contains some 50 people. OK, fine, I guess it's not really nuclear if there are multiple wives, but you get my drift.
This work, 100% fiction, was a fascinating peek into a way of life that is simply unimaginable to most of us. If you're anything like me, you'll walk away from this book with a profound gratitude for your more "traditional" family model, and possibly a lot of compassion for those who live in situations they didn't exactly choose.
Read this if: You enjoy character driven stories with lots of personality. You love stories that give you insights to other ways of life.
Would this make a good book club book? For sure. This book will spark conversations about what makes for a peaceful home situation, about needs that have to be met for everyone to be happy, and about family, the kind you choose and the kind that chooses you.
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