An Off Night with Brady Udall & Holly LeCraw featuring live music with Mark Yacovone and libations.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 6:00pm

Brady UdallBrady Udall signs The Lonely Polygamist at Off Square Books.

Some of you may feel the way I did, that, after several years of the HBO series, Big Love, you're just not sure you're ready to strap on 572 pages of Golden Richards, his four wives, and twenty-eight children, all of whom appear in The Lonely Polygamist. But you keep seeing on the book the author's name: Brady Udall (and, not too far inside the book, the names of the author's eight brothers and sisters to whom the novel is dedicated), and you remember his two marvelous previous books -- the stories of Letting Loose the Hounds and the novel, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint -- and you say, hell, yes, I'm reading The Lonely Polygamist, and immediately and continuously you're glad you are reading it, especially whenever twelve year-old Rusty Richards, "the family terrorist," appears. Brady Udall, whose work is often compared to that of John Irving, has spoken in interviews of his admiration for the late Barry Hannah . In the spectacular dysfunction, humor, and heartbreak that rumbles through The Lonely Polygamist, it's easy to see why its author felt this way. Please join us in welcoming Brady Udall, with his fabulous new novel, back to Oxford on May 6th. RH


Holly LeCrawHolly LeCraw will be at Off Square Books to read and sign copies of The Swimming Pool.

A swimsuit found in a box deep in a closet opens a door to the past. The beautiful Marcella, isolated and unfulfilled in her marriage, had an affair – the affair ended on the very night that her lover’s wife was murdered. Seven years later, single and still isolated, Marcella confronts her past when she meets Jed, her former lover’s grown son, who comes in search of answers about the swimsuit found in his family’s Cape Cod home. Vibrant with lovers’ passion and tension, family secrets, and the processes of guilt and forgiveness, The Swimming Pool shimmers with ripples from the past that roll in like the tide, leaving the landscape changed, but cleansed.