In My Father's House: A Memoir of Polygamy

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Texas Tech University Press, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 310 pages
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Before Big Love, before Eldorado, a groundbreaking memoir explored polygamy, not with outrage but with honesty and grace. In 1984, when polygamous groups knew little but the fear and pain of secrecy and hiding, Dorothy Allred Solomon, the twenty-eighth of forty-eight children, went public with her family’s story. Descended from five generations of Mormon polygamy, Solomon evokes the fervor and dedication that bound the Allreds to “living the Principle.” She vividly renders the persecution and poverty she knew as a child, the joyous awe of a father’s too-rare presence, and an abiding hunger for autonomy. Confronting the paradox of a faith that seals loved ones as families for eternity but casts them as outlaws in the here and now, she traces the events that culminated in her father’s 1977 assassination, a tragedy that rocked all Utah. Now, more than a quarter century later, Solomon revisits her story in a new preface and epilogue and in light of recent events that continue to rivet attention and spotlight our national struggle for understanding and fairness.

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Kudos to the author for being brave enough to present the positive, normal side of polygamy, in addition to presenting some plausible arguments in support of the practice. Other than that, though, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alice - Goodreads

For someone like me trying to understand why any woman, not religious herself, would stand for sharing a husband with countless other women. Convinced me brainwashing is alive and well in the 21st century. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1984)

Dorothy Allred Solomon’s most recent book is The Sisterhood: Inside the Lives of Mormon Women. She lives, writes, and blogs in Utah, where she and her husband also design communication seminars.

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