It is not surprising that Dorothy Solomon’s very personal story of her life in a polygamous household still rings as fresh and disturbing as it did when it was first published, because it bears the news we live with every day. She is a terrific writer and one of the first to come forward in this important work of bearing the truth. –Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies
This book is a gift to us all: an insider's story told with a keen eye and a great heart. –Teresa Jordan, author of Riding the White Horse Home
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.