By Shawn Vestal
Winner of the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Shortlisted for the William Saroyan foreign Prize for Writing
Named “Outstanding 2013 assortment” by way of the tale Prize
Pushcart Prize Winner
In this lovely debut, Shawn Vestal transports us to the afterlife, the rugged Northwest, and the early days of Mormonism. From “The First a number of Hundred Years Following My Death,” an absurd, profound imaginative and prescient of a hellish heaven, to "Winter Elders," during which missionaries frivolously and relentlessly pursue a guy who has left the fold, those 9 tales remove darkness from the articles of religion that make us human.
The concluding triptych tackles the legends and legacy of Mormonism head-on, culminating in "Diviner," a seriocomic portrait of the younger Joseph Smith, again whilst he was once now not but the founding father of a faith yet a guy employed to discover buried treasure. Godforsaken Idaho is an indelible assortment by way of the author you want to learn next.