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I rarely find a collection of short stories that are "So Consistent In Uality And Tone Most Of These Deal "consistent in ality and tone Most of these deal Mormons well ex Mormons in western US in the 1980s but even the ones that don t Gulls Diviner and the amazing first one fit the theme of sinners and mistake makers finding their way 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 we 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 Idaho Vestal a talented columnist for the Spokesman Review in Spokane Washington centers his first collection of short stories around his Mormon pbringing Vestal is no longer Mormon and these stories are neither apologies for the Church of Latter Day Saints nor condemnations of it Even the story fictionalizing the story of church founder Joseph Smiths early days as a treasure hunter humanize the larger than life figure rather than perpetuate the one sided portrayals so commonly seen in both fiction and non fiction The stories weave in the reality of a region whose history and non fiction The stories weave in the reality of a region whose history and are heavily influenced by the migration of Mormons and the power of those communities But be clear this is not a collection of religious fiction Vestals characters come from a variety of world views and some of the best stories in the collection make se of clashes of culture to reveal both our human frailties and our hidden strengths Vestal will be reading from his collection during the Get Lit Festival in Spokane Washington bleandhumblogspotcom201303all ov The writer has thrown himself into that part of your mind 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 or short stories but what I think makes this set of stories intriguing is the author s ability to draw you 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 The Volleyball Coaching Bible - Volume II (The Volleyball Coaching Bible, uitensettling but it s what prevents you from setting the bo. 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 Ok down I am originally From Southern Idaho And I Southern Idaho and I his descriptions absolutely perfect In particular how he describes one of the character s girlfriend s parents house spot on Mitt Romney DON T READ THISActually Mitt and Ann and their 5 suare jawed sons could probably relate to some of the characters in Godforsaken Idaho Lapsed Mormon Shawn Vestal s nsettling and often harsh short story collection doesn t so much tackle his former religion as it does refract it He s neither condemning nor condoning anything in its doctrine he s just writing what he knows which in this case means deeply flawed just writing what he knows which in this case means deeply flawed people trying to figure out life in rural Idaho They ve lied cheated and stolen but Vestal is not The Very First Christmas Stocking the Gifts of the 7 Coins uick to judge anyone He s interested in the human frailty that got them to that point and the major ripples caused by those seemingly minor crimes that perpetuates that same frailty Sometimes they break and sometimes they don t but what binds them all together and what endears this collection to a girl in Williamsburg who has never laid eyes on Idaho and admittedly probably never will is their humanity Whether we like these people or not Vestal at least helpss to Twisted (LOST, understand them In my favorite story Families Are Forever Brad accompanies his edgy caustic girlfriend Gina to meet her kindly Mormon parents The title of the story comes from a slogan painted on her parents walls but to lone wolf Brad it initially reads as a threat They ve really only come to ask her parents for money but something about the warmth of her father and theaint simple day he spends wedding the garden with her mother produces a completely nexpected reaction in Brad He s happy He likes these people that his girlfriend can t stand and he s so desperate for their approval that he just starts lying About EVERYTHING HE ENVISIONS AND LIFE AND He envisions and life and starts speaking it into existence wanting to be good enough and in the process doing a bad thing But Vestal fleshes Brad out and elicits an nexpected sympathy and affection for him because who hasn t casually fudged the truth about themselves especially for and often to someone we love I literally heard myself say on a date once Oh you play lacrosse I LOVE LACROSSE I do not love lacrosse It s the one with the sticks right But here was a handsome put. 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 a religion but a man hired to find buried trea.

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Godforsaken IdahoTogether guy sitting across from me seemingly possessing everything I wanted first dates really screw with your head and like Brad I leaned in Figure out the details later after he s fallen too hard for you to be pset when you tell him that the You he fell for doesn t like lacrosse Or his home brewed lager Or a dozen other things you fibbed about because you just wanted this to work Because nderneath all of those tiny micro lies the ones you only told because you liked him and wanted him to like you you re still the person he fell him to like you you re still the person he fell love with and that s all that matters And like Vestal s characters it gets a little weird at first but then on the way home from all the aspirational lying you both sort of decide that it s going to be okay because maybe the lie will end p being much closer to the truth if you can just get past it and keep going 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 Godforsaken Idaho is tough to review for a simple reason it left practically no impression on me after I read it It is a collection of short stories none of which stood out in any way and none of which I would like to return to in the future The main subject of the book is Mormonism the author was raised Mormon but left the faith as a young adult and feature irky ideas related to the faith the opening story The First Several Hundred Years Following My Death features a perspective from a Mormon afterlife eating food is a popular pastime Another story features two Mormon missionaries pursuing a former Mormon to get him back to the fold and in another one A great collection of stories Loved this book The first few stories are "not strong and I was reluctant to continue forward However it ickly became interesting and I was glad "strong and I was reluctant to continue forward However it ickly became interesting and I was glad I KEPT AT IT VESTAL I kept at it Vestal talented at engrossing you into the characters he creates and their worlds The stories are incredibly varied though Mormonism is found in several A solid collection of short stories I m not generally a fan of short stories finding them nsatisfying narratives But this collection was dynamite And Vestal s final story hits you like a freight train Vestal is a Spokane journalist who writes for the Spoke. 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

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