Golden Richards is a normal dad. But with four wives and twenty-eight children there just isn't enough of him to go around. Unbeknownst to his wives, Golden has taken a construction job on a Nevada brothel. Lying to cover his tracks, beset by familial rivalry on all sides, he seeks relief in the arms of his boss's wife. This is the story of a polygamist who has an affair. But there is much more to it than that.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (chapter 1): To put it as simply as possible: this is the story of a polygamist who has an affair.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 27): Golden flinched, struck by the moment he found himself in: standing in a dark closet, knuckles smeared with barbecue sauce, tinkling into a bucket while delivering a lecture about bathroom manners to a dog wearing jockey shorts.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Not.
Ah if only I had enjoyed this half as much as Jenners had - click HERE to read her review.
Ok, so it was funny, very funny, in places - the chewing gum incident hilarious - would you know how to get gum out of pubic hair? - BUT on the whole I found The Lonely Polygamist boring, predictable and rambling.
At 599 pages it was quite a substantial read that felt even longer thanks to the small, pale print - made even more difficult to read on occasions by the italic print. A shame really as I was so looking forward to this novel about the life of a large, communal family made up of a man, his 4 wives and 28 children.
And therein lay much of the problem for me. Told not only from the view point of Golden (the polygamist of the title), the story was also told from several other peoples point of view which spoilt the flow of the narrative and made it difficult for me to relate to any of the characters.
According to Amazon.co.uk this novel is frequently bought alongside The Help by Katherine Stockett, a book I read and REVIEWED recently and which, to me anyway, bears no comparison whats so ever.
Obtained free of charge (p&p only) from Newbooks magazine, this is the 52nd book read for the 100+ Reading Challenge.