Daughter Of The Saints: Growing Up In Polygamy by Allred Dorothy SolomanDaughter Of The Saints: Growing Up In Polygamy by Allred Dorothy Soloman

Daughter Of The Saints: Growing Up In Polygamy

byAllred Dorothy Soloman

Paperback | October 12, 2004

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"I am the daughter of my father's fourth plural wife, twenty-eighth of forty-eight children—a middle kid, you might say."

So begins this astonishing and poignant memoir of life in the family of Utah fundamentalist leader and naturopathic physician Rulon C. Allred. Since polygamy was abolished by manifesto in 1890, this is a story of secrecy and lies, of poverty and imprisonment and government raids. When raids threatened, the families were forced to scatter from their pastoral compound in Salt Lake City to the deserts of Mexico or the wilds of Montana. To follow the Lord's plan as dictated by the Principle, the human cost was huge. Eventually murder in its cruelest form entered when members of a rival fundamentalist group assassinated the author's father.

Dorothy Solomon, monogamous herself, broke from the fundamentalist group because she yearned for equality and could not reconcile the laws of God (as practiced by polygamists) with the vastly different laws of the state. This poignant account chronicles her brave quest for personal identity. Originally published in hardcover under the title Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk.
Dorothy Allred Solomon lives in Park City, Utah. She is the recipient of several awards from the Utah Arts Council and a Governor's Media Award for Excellence.
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Title:Daughter Of The Saints: Growing Up In PolygamyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.65 × 1.15 inPublished:October 12, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393325776

ISBN - 13:9780393325775

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ Always been fascinated by secret type societies or religions. This book is a great and absorbing read...Lots of things the women had to endure will truly shock you. It's sad what happens to girls in this kind of environment, having no power, no freedom and basicaly being a child bride to a man old enough to be your father or worse, your grandfather.
Date published: 2017-07-17

Editorial Reviews

Her harrowing family history and bracingly vivid, frequently poetic memoir is a document of consistent fascination and intermittently astonishing power. — ElleA wise and moving memoir that should be read by anyone interested in how we configure our relationships. — Judith FreemanBold and strongly imagined...takes us deep to the heart of a family story that is both strange and familiar. — Kim Barnes[An] amazing story. — Pam HoustonI have never read a memoir that moved me so deeply. — Teresa JordanWritten with courage, compassion, and an uncommon wisdom.... This book is a reckoning with truth. — Terry Tempest Williams