Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk by Dorothy Allred Solomon
Growing Up in Polygamy

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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 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.

About Dorothy Allred Solomon

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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.
Published July 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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She turned to writing as a way to understand her past, couching her narratives as fiction in order to protect her family.

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The writing style, a gentle cadence full of detail, serves the story well, as when the author, who was born in 1949, describes her family as being like the deer in the mountains above Salt Lake valley: "For the most part, we were shy, gentle creatures who kept to ourselves, ruminants chewing on o...

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