Sweet Land of Bigamy by Miah Arnold is a dramatic and humorous debut novel about one woman who dared to love—and marry—two very different men. When Helen Motes finds herself on a Utah mountaintop getting married to a besotted young Indian poet, she can’t quite figure out how she became a bigamist, and she certainly doesn’t want to be one. Helen worked hard to create the stable middle-class life her childhood denied her, so sabotaging her first (and decidedly still legal) marriage to a nice Mormon man wasn’t part of her life plan. Yet with her original husband away in Iraq, and her new husband ready to agree to everything she ever wanted, deciding which husband to keep proves to be torture. How Helen’s life led her to this point–and what she plans to do with these two “keepers”–are the driving questions behind Miah Arnold’s heartfelt debut about an unlikely bigamist and her circle of family, friends, and husbands. Weaving in multiple continents and unforgettable characters, The Sweet Land of Bigamy is a funny and surprisingly touching exploration of what marriage can be.
Miah Arnold discusses Sweet Land of Bigamy YouTube interview with the publisher, Ben LeRoy. July 2012: Miah Arnold: Sweet Land of Bigamy An interview with Catherine Lu Houston NPR’s The Front Row July 18, 2012 Bigamy as Allegory An article by Lisa Carricaburu The Salt Lake Tribune July 20, 2012 Review: Sweet Land of Bigamy A review by Maggie Galehouse The Houston Chronicle July 22, 2012 Book Review: Sweet Land of Bigamy a review by postmormongirl July 22, 2012