Now for the story. Think the HBO series Big Love but funnier and at times, more poignant.Golden Richards has four wives and twenty-some-odd children and is--I know this sounds crazy--considering an affair. He's never been a big decision maker and life just seems to "happen" to him. His first wife, Beverly, was the result of his father's death (long story) and Beverly wanted a big family so she arranged for more wives. Things just kind of snowballed. This affair he's thinking of (though has not acted on) is more of a way to escape his current life and perhaps restart his life as a "normal" man with one wife somewhere else.
Finally, we get a beautifully depicted portrait of eleven-year-old Rusty, or "Son #5." He's the one setting off firecrackers, trying on his sister's underwear (because at least they have clean, nice things), and generally causing mayhem in order to get some attention from his parents.
All of these intertwining stories give a true picture of what it means to be part of a family, particularly showing how family members can both smother and support you. It also examines why we stay in a marriage even when it seems too difficult. And somehow, it does all this with a humorous tone. I was laughing out loud at points and reading passages to my husband (poor guy--he was trapped with me on a long car trip).
I liked this book a lot, but then I'm all about a large cast of quirky characters.
<I checked this book out of my library.>