St. George News columnist releases second polygamy book

ST. GEORGE —The highly anticipated sequel to St. George News columnist Ed Kociela’s first book on polygamy is now available through Amazon.com.

Cover of "plygs2" by Ed Kociela | Photo courtesy of Ed Kociela, St. George News
Cover of “plygs2” by Ed Kociela | Photo courtesy of Ed Kociela, St. George News

The book, “plygs2,” completes the story of religion gone awry in the dusty barrenness of two small towns located along the state line between Utah and Arizona.

Like his first book, “plygs2” is a fact-based novel based on Kociela’s 21-year career as a Southern Utah newsman.

“This book is the finalization of the story about a family torn apart by the demands of a demented prophet who controls every aspect of their lives by demanding they follow his word or face eternal damnation,” Kociela said. “Like the first book, ‘plygs2’ is also about love, lust and greed and the heartbreaking loss of innocence that test my characters’ courage and will.

“The first book was a primer on the lifestyle and beliefs of a group of fundamentalist Mormons. This one pulls back the layers and exposes the vulnerabilities of a family forced to choose between its religious beliefs and belief in each other.”

“Plygs2” also deals with the fate of a fundamentalist prophet, wanted by authorities in three states for vicious sex crimes against children he took as brides.

Kociela said he hopes the book will shed even more light on a subject that is far more complex than a man taking multiple wives.

“Some people shrug it off and say that consenting adults should be allowed to live whichever lifestyle they choose,” he said. “While I believe that is true, there is a subtext that often goes unrecognized in these fundamentalist groups. This is not simply about a man taking multiple wives, it is about an indoctrination, from cradle to grave, that allows for massive amounts of welfare fraud against the federal, state and local governments; the elimination of women’s rights; the racial and sexual bigotry practiced in these communities; and, foremost, the sexual abuse against the children trapped within these cults.

“For whatever reasons, we have seen how society in general has turned a blind eye to the problem, including government law enforcement officials. In the state of Utah, we have witnessed two successive attorneys general who publicly stated that they would not enforce the state’s statutes on bigamy and polygamy. Why? Is it because of their close ties to the founding principles of Mormonism? Is it because of lucrative campaign donations? Or, is it because they just don’t care?

“I can’t answer that other than to say that both of those attorneys general were subsequently charged with serious crimes and are no longer in public service.”

This is is Kociela’s third book. After penning “plygs,” he wrote “It Rocked: Recollections of a Reclusive Rock Critic,” a memoir from his days as the rock critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

“I enjoyed writing that book and revisiting the times I spent with amazing artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, my friend George Harrison and so many others,” Kociela said. “I needed a little diversion after writing my first polygamy book and ‘It Rocked’ provided that. It gave me a break before delving back into the dark side of cult religions.”

Previously, Kociela’s play “Downwinders” was selected for a week’s worth of readings as part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “Plays in Progress” series, now known as the “Great American Playwright” series. He has also written two screenplays.

“I’ve got a couple other projects on the table,” Kociela said. “They’re very different from the breezy rock book, but with societal impacts as strong as the polygamy books.”

The book can be ordered online.

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10 Comments

  • Lastdays August 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

    This reminds me of the micro-brew “Polygamy Porter” Ya just can’t have only one !

  • NotSoFast August 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for your dedications Ed. You pinned complete pictures. Sometimes their shocking and eye opening at the same time.
    Looking forward to reading plygs2

  • Bob August 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    it still boggles the mind how mainstream utah LDS mormon politics tolerates/tolerated, and even supported on many many occaisions, the polygamous-mormon child rape culture of the FLDS mormons. Hard to forget that it took the state of texas to finally prosecute the child raping FLDS mormon prophet Jeffs. A lot of Utah mormon politicians have covered up the crimes of the plyg-mormon cults for decades, and many of them are secret plygs themselves. Orrin hatch has visited short creek numerous times, and it would not surprise me to find out that’s he’s one of the closeted high-power plygs. Ed may cover a lot of this in his book– i have no idea, and honestly it disturbs me too much to read about the crimes and abuses of the FLDS mormons and other mormon-based cults

    • .... August 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

      It’s going to be okay now folks because Sherlock Bob came in and posted his expert opinion.

    • .... August 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      My condolences to the family Bob

  • RealMcCoy August 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    “This book is the finalization of the story about a family torn apart by the demands of a demented prophet who controls every aspect of their lives by demanding they follow his word or face eternal damnation,” Kociela said.

    In a parallel universe:
    “This book is the finalization of the story about a country torn apart by the demands of a demented president who controls every aspect of their lives by demanding they follow his word or face eternal damnation,” Kociela will never say, because he is a close-minded flaming liberal.

  • .... August 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I have better things to spend my money on I’ll pass

  • mesaman August 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Ed; if this second edition sells like the first one you’ll be able to re-retire to Baja in the next 20 years or so. I can imagine how you had the pligs pushing each other aside so they could tell you the way it was out there. This is found in fiction or non-fiction?

  • Common Sense August 29, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Unfortunately, Ed is super biased politically. I worry this will affect his “fact based novel” since he seams to not include “facts” in his opinion pieces. What knowledge does a liberal, hippie, biased reclusive rock critic know about polygamy anyway? You would think everybody would be tired of hearing and reading about the rape and marriage of underage females to partially related much older males. On another note it would be refreshing to read something of Ed’s that actually seems viable.

    • .... August 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Oh well if you have questions just ask Bob he knows the truth !

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