Godforsaken Idaho: Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Fiction - 209 pages
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Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Named "Outstanding 2014 Collection" by The Story Prize
Pushcart Prize Winner

In this stunning debut, Shawn Vestal transports us to the afterlife, the rugged Northwest, and the early days of Mormonism. From "The First Several Hundred Years Following My Death," an absurd, profound vision of a hellish heaven, to "Winter Elders," in which missionaries calmly and relentlessly pursue a man who has left the fold, these nine stories illuminate the articles of faith that make us human.
 
The concluding triptych tackles the legends and legacy of Mormonism head-on, culminating in "Diviner," a seriocomic portrait of the young Joseph Smith, back when he was not yet the founder of a religion but a man hired to find buried treasure. Godforsaken Idaho is an indelible collection by the writer you need to read next.

Godforsaken Idaho named 'Outstanding 2013 Short Story Collections' by The Story Prize


 

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Contents

The First Several Hundred Years Following My Death
1
About as Fast as This Car Will Go
29
Families Are Forever
45
Pocket Dog
71
Godforsaken Idaho
91
Winter Elders
105
Opposition in All Things
127
Gulls
169
Diviner
181
Back Matter
211
Back Cover
213
Spine
214
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

SHAWN VESTAL is a columnist and reporter for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane and was raised in the Mormon faith. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's , Tin House , American Short Fiction , EcoTone , Best American Fantasy , and other places.

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