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Despots of Deseret by Johnny Townsend

Despots of Deseret

by Johnny Townsend

206 pages
When the Prophet has spoken, the thinking is done!

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Category: Fiction:Literary
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About the Book
Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2015!

In this collection of Mormon short stories, a man learns to forgive his mother for an unspeakable atrocity. An uncle awaits word on his niece caught up in the 2004 tsunami. A bereaved man receives an unexpected gift from his deceased husband on Valentine's Day. A stake president threatens to revoke a couple's temple marriage. An elderly woman breaks her hip and struggles desperately to reach the phone. A young woman faces a shocking tragedy while serving as a missionary in Paraguay. A Mormon teenager wants to be named Best Christian Example at his Baptist high school. Conflict over finances arises in an interracial marriage. An anti-Mormon mob threatens a church outing. A virginal gay man takes out a contract on his own life to protect his virtue.


Townsend is a wonderful writer with a wry but sympathetic eye for humans’ frailties, and the ways in which religious belief both exacerbate and console them. [Despots of Deseret contains] more vibrant parables about doubts and blasphemies that hide beneath a veneer of piety.
- Kirkus Reviews



About the Author
Johnny Townsend has published in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. His books, The Abominable Gayman, Marginal Mormons, The Mormon Victorian Society, and Dragons of the Book of Mormon were named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.



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