Daughter of the Saints: Growing up in Polygamy

Daughter of the Saints: Growing up in Polygamy

by Dorothy Allred Solomon


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"Probably the best book ever written about polygamy. Neither an apologia nor an exposé."—Salt Lake City Tribune

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393325775
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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Kim Barnes

Bold and strongly imagined...takes us deep to the heart of a family story that is both strange and familiar.

Judith Freeman

A wise and moving memoir that should be read by anyone interested in how we configure our relationships.

Terry Tempest Williams

Written with courage, compassion, and an uncommon wisdom.... This book is a reckoning with truth.

Teresa Jordan

I have never read a memoir that moved me so deeply.

Pam Houston

[An] amazing story.

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