E approach anything like the Jewish community s successes of Roth Bellow Singer Mailer Malmud etc In the highest praise I have for the book it at least attempts to explore the conflicts of faith and experience from this regional and religious background Vestal got ite a nice write Approaching the Guitar up in Slate for the book Yet I m left with the sense of almost but notite In another bout of praise I d say the collection of short "stories reminded me of Philip Roth s Goodbye Columbus and Five Short Stories in how it plays with faith Maybe Mormonism " reminded me of Philip Roth s Goodbye Columbus and Five Short Stories in how it plays with faith Maybe Mormonism just still a little close to its origins for great literature but Vestal gives just a close to its origins for great literature but Vestal gives just a perspective and a little distance that is greatly needed from the homogenized culture A great. He fold these nine stories illuminate the articles of faith that make s 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 "back when he was not yet the founder of religion but a man hired to find buried trea.
Free read Godforsaken IdahoI m not generally a fan of stories finding them nsatisfying narratives "But this collection was dynamite And Vestal s final story hits like "this collection was dynamite And Vestal s final story hits you like freight train Vestal is a Spokane journalist who writes for the Spokesman Review I ve always found his columns
done but they his talent as a storyteller Hope he goes on to publish books This collection of short stories is powerful and engaging Reading Vestal s work makes me think of all the stories swirling around me that are demanding to be written Love it Vestal approaches the type of fiction that has long been sought for coming out of the Mormon culture a literary voice drawing on a distinctive culture The Intermountain West has a long way to go before In this stunning novel Shawn Vestal transports s 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 Collection of stories Loved this book The writer "has thrown himself into that part of your "thrown himself into that part of your that asks am I really feeling what I should be is this what life means and who can guide me through this I know this is not new territory for a novel orWell Done But They
#short stories but what I makes this set of stories intriguing is the author s ability to draw #stories but what I think this set of stories intriguing is the author s ability to draw into the characters soul and then force you to decide how long you can stay there The amount of darkness in some of the stories is ite nsettling but it s what prevents you from setting the book down I am originally from Southern Idaho and I found his descriptions absolutely perfect In particular how he describes one of the character s girlfriend s parents house spot on. Sure Godforsaken Idaho is an indelible collection by the writer you need to read next Named an 'Outstanding 2013 Short Story Collection' by The Story Prize winner of the PENRobert W Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction winner of the Pushcart Prize shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing .