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Daredevils, Shawn Vestal

Label
Daredevils
Title
Daredevils
Statement of responsibility
Shawn Vestal
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the winner of 2014s PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize, an unforgettable debut novel about Loretta, a teenager married off as a sister wife, who makes a break for freedom At the heart of this exciting debut novel, set in Arizona and Idaho in the mid-1970s, is fifteen-year-old Loretta, who slips out of her bedroom every evening to meet her so-called gentile boyfriend. Her strict Mormon parents catch her returning one night, and promptly marry her off to Dean Harder, a devout yet materialistic fundamentalist who already has a wife and a brood of kids. The Harders relocate to his native Idaho, where Deans teenage nephew Jason falls hard for Loretta. A Zeppelin and Tolkien fan, Jason worships Evel Knievel and longs to leave his close-minded community. He and Loretta make a break for it. They drive all night, stay in hotels, and relish their dizzying burst of teenage freedom as they seek to recover Deans cache of Mormon gold. But someone Loretta left behind is on their trail... A riveting story of desire and escape, Daredevils boasts memorable set pieces and a rich cast of secondary characters. Theres Deans other wife, Ruth, who as a child in the 1950s was separated from her parents during the notorious Short Creek raid, when federal agents descended on a Mormon fundamentalist community. Theres Jasons best friend, Boyd, part Native American and caught up in the activist spirit of the time, who comes along for the ride, with disastrous results. And Vestals ultimate creation is a superbly sleazy chatterboxa man who might or might not be Evel Knievel himselfwho works his charms on Loretta at a casino in Elko, Nevada.A lifelong journalist whose Spokesman column is a fixture in Spokane, WA, Shawn has honed his fiction over many years, publishing in journals like McSweeney's and Tin House. His stunning first collection, Godforsaken Idaho, burrowed into history as it engaged with masculinity and crime, faith and apostasy, and the West that he knows so well. Daredevils shows what he can do on a broader canvas--a fascinating, wide-angle portrait of a time and place that's both a classic coming of age tale and a plunge into the myths of America, sacred and profane
Cataloging source
PABRO
Citation location within source
  • March 01, 2016
  • February 01, 2016
  • March 15, 2016
  • February 01, 2016
Citation source
  • Booklist
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Library Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vestal, Shawn
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3622.E875
LC item number
D37 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage girls
  • Mormons
Label
Daredevils, Shawn Vestal
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRDBD16097025
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781101979891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781101979891
  • (OCoLC)914290342
Label
Daredevils, Shawn Vestal
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRDBD16097025
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781101979891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781101979891
  • (OCoLC)914290342

Library Locations

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      1197 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX, 75067, US
      33.0422012 -97.02392920000001
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