Wasatch: Mormon Stories and a Novella

“LDS literary fiction at its finest, written with Thayer’s crisp style and shot through with his trademark irony, tempered by his faith.”
—Richard Cracroft, emeritus professor of English, BYU

Douglas Thayer’s third collection presents a dozen of his career-best stories, including several that have never before appeared in print.Wasatch is the next chapter in Thayer’s recent literary success, preceded by Hooligan, his landmark memoir about growing up Mormon in Provo, Utah, and by his acclaimed novel The Tree House, about the trials and redemption of missionary and soldier Harris Thatcher.

“Each story in this collection features the clear-eyed vision and realistic prose style that have served Thayer and his many readers so well throughout his career.”
—Phillip A. Snyder, associate professor of English, BYU

“This work illuminates the Mormon culture with unique depth and variety, but also shows us, with equal power, the American West in fresh, moving frames.”
—Elouise Bell, author of Only When I Laugh andMadame Ridiculous and Lady Sublime

To purchase visit: http://www.zarahemlabooks.com/Wasatch-Mormon-Stories-and-a-Novella-978-0-9843603-4-5.htm

BYU Studies Review

Tree House has just been reviewed by Phillip A. Snyder at BYU Studies.

“Despite his being awarded the 2008 Smith-Petit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters by the Association for Mormon Letters, Douglas Thayer has long been an underappreciated voice in the world of Mormon literature. With the recent publications of Hooligan and The Tree House, he has enjoyed a sort of renaissance, and, with a new collection of short stories due out in Fall 2009, also from Zarahemla Press, that renaissance is sure to continue. ”

To read the full review go here: http://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=8503

Times and Seasons Interview

MWS: Doug Thayer
By Russell Arben Fox

“Douglas Thayer is one of the pioneers of what Eugene England called “faithful realism” in his definitive study of Mormon literature. Besides having taught literally thousands of Mormon writers during his fifty years as a professor of English at Brigham Young University, his short story collections Under the Cottonwoods and Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone have become a template for those writing about the interior life of Mormons today…

What advice would you give a young LDS author?

Learn your trade well (for it is a trade) and write for everybody. And you don’t need an MFA to be able to write, or to be allowed to write. Get one if you want one, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a necessary certification…”

For the full interview go here: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2007/05/mws-doug-thayer/

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography on Douglas H. Thayer

“Douglas Thayer conveys the tragic in American experience that comes from what people and the wilderness have done to each other as well as any contemporary Western writer. From his early story “Red-Tailed Hawk” (1969) through two collections and a novel, and into his latest stories and essays, he displays insight into the particular history of the destructive relationship between mankind and the wilderness in the West, from the arrogant, self-defeating mountain men of the 1830s, intruding into lands and cultures they could not comprehend, to modern men and boys who try, at great cost to themselves and others, to recapture the primitive and merge with wilderness…”

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‘Hooligan’ sparks memories

Hooligan was recently reviewed in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Sep 16, 2007 by Dennis Lythgoe

“One of the late Eugene England’s most important legacies was his introduction of the personal essay into Mormon literature, and since then, a number of Mormon authors have proved to be very good at it.

One of them is Doug Thayer, Brigham Young University English professor, and the author of two LDS novels and two collections of short stories. Thayer grew up in Provo and remains there today. Who better to use his innate creative talent to write about what it’s like to grow up Mormon?

Thayer’s book, “Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood,” is a gem. It’s not only a well-written description of his own childhood in Provo but also an excellent reminder for other Mormons about various aspects of the culture they may have forgotten…”

For the rest of the review visit: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20070916/ai_n20505529/