Four Consenting Adults in the Privacy of Their Own Suburb : Big Love and the Cultural Significance of Mormon Polygamy
Austin, Michael,Decker, Mark T.
Peculiar Portrayals : Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen
Utah State University Press
"The weirdly normal polygamists at the center of Big Love are not, as all of the politically correct disclaimers hasten to point out, affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--but they aren't quite not Mormon. Standing at the fringes of Mormondom generally, they help to clarify some of the conflicting ways that the story of Mormonism--as a religion, a culture, and a historical narrative--weaves into the much larger narrative of America. And whatever one thinks about the practice of polygamy, it is an integral part of the story that the Mormons have to tell." [From author's conclusion]