Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy

Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy

The abduction of teenager Elizabeth Smart by a fundamentalist Mormon preacher placed a renewed focus on renegade offshoots of the Church of Latter Day Saints and the culture surrounding the religion in the state of Utah (which, like the church, formally opposes polygamous marriage, though state and religious leaders both seem well aware that the practice continues, and the The abduction of teenager Elizabeth Smart by a fundamentalist Mormon preacher placed a renewed focus on renegade offshoot...

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Title:Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy
Author:Dorothy Allred Solomon
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy Reviews

  • Katie
    Apr 24, 2008
    Very interesting. I feel this book was very objective in the telling of a life in polygamy, as she remembers it. I have seen beauty and light in a religious community and horror and darkness in unrighteous dominion. She wrote this book like a confession, as if you are talking to her an...
  • Jen
    Aug 03, 2007
    I liked this book, but I kept feeling a little confused about what it was as I was reading. The center section of this book is a lovely memoir with a haunting narrative voice. But to me the book felt like several manuscripts put together. In the first half of the book I felt bogged dow...
  • Deodand
    May 22, 2009
    This is one of those "here's what happened" autobiographies. Does that make sense? It has an impersonal tone that I wasn't expecting from reading the blurb. A large portion of the book is given over to the story of Allred Solomon's more distant ancestors struggling to live the principl...
  • Sharon Murphy
    Nov 16, 2007
    Another accounting of polygamy, I just can't seem to not read about the subject. Dorothy Soloman is raised in a polygist family in Salt Lake City, and then moved around the country to avoid detection. Many times her siblings and her mother are forced to "dumpster dive" for food. Her fa...
  • Nancy O
    Apr 28, 2009
    A thoughtful memoir of growing up in a polygamous family. Unlike Carolyn Jessop's book Escape, there are few easy villains or heroes in this complicated story of self-discovery. The author ultimately grew away from the FLDS community with its doctrine of plural marriage but paints an a...
  • Rebecca
    Jan 18, 2008
    Soloman's memoir of growing up in a polygamist family is strangely touching and still unquestionably horrifying. She speaks at length about her mother and the other 6 "sister-wives", describing their living arrangements and jealousies. She recounts how her family was repeatedly divided...
  • Angie
    Sep 02, 2008
    I was amazed by this book, probably because her great-grandfather and my great-great grandfather are the same person. There was so much in here about my family that I never knew, mainly because we broke off from polygamy a few generations ago. I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I felt...
  • Judy
    Nov 18, 2009
    I became interested in the world of polygamy after my brother and sister-in-law moved to Zion National Park with the National Park Service. On a visit to their home in Hurricane with side trips to St. George, I became so adept at spotting sister wives that they threatened to put an M &...
  • Heather
    Feb 09, 2008
    So far it is a bit of a slow start--- trying to make the case that multiple wives are jealous of each other--- not terribly shocking or intriguing yet--- but I will give it some more time. The whole middle seems to focus on a description of Mormon history and family geneology that w...
  • Amy
    Mar 19, 2008
    If you are interested in the different splinter groups of polygamy in Utah you will enjoy this book. She does a good job of trying to weigh the good and the bad of her experience. Her family seemed very believable. The book is divided into thirds so be prepared for the background of po...
  • Robin
    May 23, 2010
    I really liked this book, but then it answered so many questions I've always wondered about polygamous families and how women could share a husband. I'm not the sharing kind, but I have ancestors that lived it. I appreciated how Solomon--who grew up in a Fundamentalist group but left i...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    Nov 05, 2009
    I will never forgive her father for taking away his son's venison and handing it over to some fat, already fed enough dude! Urg! More later. ...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    Oct 28, 2011
    I recently read this book again. I wish Joseph Smith hadn't been born. This sort of thing is his fault. Folks living in polygamy with tons of children, deprived of the food and their father's presence. I know that the writer tended to portray it, at least at the beginning in a warm, ha...
  • Lori
    May 30, 2012
    It was an interesting point of view of polygamy. I think her father knew that other men practicing polygamy were marrying girls under 18. In fact, he married (spiritually) at least one girl under 18. It is sad that this man's choice to practice polygamy effected so many. Lives. Hiding,...
  • Victoria
    Jun 30, 2011
    This was a very interesting memoir written by a woman who is the 28th of 48 children of one male polygamist in Utah. It was certainly surprising to read about their many hardships in carrying out their lifestyle. Perhaps those more familiar with the reality and fictional television sho...
  • Dale Stonehouse
    Feb 17, 2010
    Solomon beat the rush of Mormon abused wives trapped in polygamy and did a better job of personalizing it without as much demonization of the beliefs and those who live them. After all, there is some blame in this for everyone, including those who blindly believe what they are told and...
  • Lesley
    Aug 29, 2015
    A large portion of this book is the history of polygamy in that religion in general, than she gives info about her father and his 7 wives. I have always been fascinated by this women that chose this lifestyle vs. born into it and know no different. This story really didn't tell me an...
  • Gina
    Jul 09, 2014
    I've read few books from women born into polygamy; but most of those were written by women born within the last 40 years or so. Predators offered a very different perspective considering the author was born in the 1940s. I was fascinated with her family's history and I appreciated ...
  • Davia
    Jan 30, 2011
    This book was very interesting. It seems to suffer, however, from a lack of literary flow. Since it is a biography of sorts, I suppose that is to be expected. In my opinion, the first 3/4ths of the book suffered from a lack of continuity. Too many snippets, not enough flow. Perhaps...
  • Dana
    Oct 22, 2011
    In this revealing memoir, the author tells her story of growing up in polygamy. She describes her family's history in the Mormon religion and polygamy, how polygamy was outlawed in the US, and yet, through studying the Mormon scriptures, her father decided that living according to the ...
  • Tori
    Jul 25, 2011
    2008- I agree with another reviewer who said they felt like this was a few books combined together. I felt like first part was family history, the next few sections talked about her life, and the last section seemed to be all the ""bad stuff"" she left out of personal history but reali...
  • Lynn
    Dec 31, 2014
    Today's nonfiction post is on Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing up in Polygamy by Dorothy Allred Solomon. It is 396 pages long and is published by W. W. Norton & Company. The cover has a blue butterfly in a jar but the picture is a little out of focus. The intended reader...
  • JeniReadABook
    Feb 01, 2012
    I've only read one other memoir/autobiographical book written about the polygamist lifestyle. It was also written from the perspective of a woman who grew up in one branch/sect of fundamentalist Mormonism. I must admit that I find the subject utterly fascinating. I also have to admit t...
  • Kathie
    May 22, 2012
    This is a memoir, of sorts, written by Dorothy Allred Solomon, daughter of one of the more influential men within the Latter Day Saints church. She describes her life as the child of one of the many sister-wives, starting off by explaining how things were, how each family unit worked t...
  • Courtney
    Jul 12, 2012
    It was hard to follow sometimes because there were so many characters and storylines, but it was a very interesting, well written autobiography/history of polygamy. ...
  • Chelsey
    Jan 22, 2013
    Initially, I was very interested in this book. I love to read about history, and the topic of polygamy seemed unique. However, I found the writing style of Mrs. Solomon to be very plain and unsophisticated. This is both a pro and a con to me. The book progressed very slowly and humbly....
  • Veronica Olson
    Jan 05, 2013
    I didn't enjoy her writing very much, but the fascinating story made it worth reading. I couldn't put it down. It goes through her Fundamentalist upbringing in a polygamous family, that family's murky past, and her eventual decision of monogamy and to become a member of the official ch...
  • Gayle Martin
    Jan 28, 2013
    I have read and re-read this book at least three times. The polygamist style of life is very fascinating to me. The story is truly a sad one, especially for the women and children; however, Solomon talked highly of her family and devoted love, still, for them. The book can be difficult...
  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    Jul 15, 2013
    Unlike a lot of other memoirs I've read about women who grew up in polygamy, Dorothy Allred Solomon writes with beauty and exceptional talent in her prose. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I wasn't sure I would in the beginning. My one complaint would be that the first part of th...
  • Anne Nerison
    May 13, 2014
    I knew a little about polygamy (the Church of Latter-Day Saints variety) going into this book, mostly from blog posts I happened upon from former polygamists/people born into polygamist families, articles, or by watching Sister Wives, which I realize may not be the most accurate portra...