Zarahemla Books

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We publish provocative, unconventional, yet ultimately faith-affirming stories that yield new insights into Mormon culture and humanity.

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Standing on the Promises, Book Three: The Last Mile of the Way (Revised & Expanded)
By Margaret Blair Young & Darius Aidan Gray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,750. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Book three of the Standing on the Promises trilogy about black LDS pioneers.
Standing on the Promises, Book Two: Bound for Canaan (Revised & Expanded)
By Margaret Blair Young & Darius Aidan Gray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,490. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Book two of the Standing on the Promises trilogy about black LDS pioneers.
Standing on the Promises, Book One: One More River to Cross (Revised & Expanded)
By Margaret Blair Young & Darius Aidan Gray
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,500. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Book one of the Standing on the Promises trilogy about black LDS pioneers.
Saints on Stage: An Anthology of Mormon Drama
By Mahonri Stewart
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 242,260. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Plays
This volume anthologizes some of Mormonism's best plays from the last several decades, several of them published here for the first time. Included are historical backgrounds and playwright biographies, as well as an introduction that provides an extensive overview of Mormon drama.
Millstone City
By S. P. Bailey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,610. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Elder Carson works as a Mormon missionary in Olinda, an ancient city on the northeastern coast of Brazil. One night, he sneaks out to call his girlfriend and witnesses a gang hit. Now a suspect in a murder investigation, cops and drug traffickers have taken an interest in him, and for reasons that have nothing to do with religion. For this missionary, the "best two years" may also be his last.
The Fading Flower and Swallow the Sun
By Mahonri Stewart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,550. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Plays
In "The Fading Flower," when the son of Emma and Joseph Smith starts investigating the mysteries behind his father's involvement in polygamy, Emma must confront a chapter in her life that she would have rather left closed. "Swallow the Sun" follows C. S. Lewis on his journey from staunch atheist to one of the world's greatest defenders of Christianity.
Dispirited
By Luisa M. Perkins
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,450. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
A boy named Blake teaches himself how to get out of his body in order to search for the spirit of his dead mother. One night when he comes home, he finds that another being has taken over in his absence. For years, he watches this impostor live his life. Then his father remarries, and Blake hopes to get help from his new stepsister, Cathy, who possesses equally unusual gifts.
Wasatch: Mormon Stories and a Novella
By Douglas Thayer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,670. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Douglas Thayer's third collection of short fiction presents a dozen of his career-best stories, including several that have never before appeared in print.
The Death of a Disco Dancer
By David Clark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,830. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Returning home to Arizona to assist his dying mother, Todd Whitman reflects on the pivotal summer of 1981 when he was eleven years old, a Mormon kid growing up in the American suburbs. This vivid depiction of the torture and hilarity of navigating adolescence becomes a meditation on the meaning of sacrifice and the transforming responsibility of familial love.
The Tree House
By Douglas Thayer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,470. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
As a missionary in post-WWII Germany and a solider in the Korean War, Harris Thatcher faces questions of faith, the meaning of life, and the capriciousness of death.
Rift
By Todd Robert Petersen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,620. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Jens Thorsen's retirement is not what his wife, Lila, was expecting. Rather than tending to things around the house, Thorsen has thrown himself into a life of charity. When he's not nursing a feud with local bishop, that is. Then the bishop's daughter moves home and there are suddenly too many egos in one place. The little town of Sanpete starts to pull apart at the seams.
Long After Dark
By Todd Robert Petersen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,150. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
In these award-winning stories and a new novella, Todd Robert Petersen takes the reader on expeditions to Utah, Arizona, Brazil, Rwanda, and into the souls of twenty-first century Mormons caught between their humanity, faith, and church.
Hunting Gideon
By Jessica Draper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,510. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
As an agent in the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, Sue Anne Jones stalks the V-Net, the ultimate virtual-reality interface. She and her partner, Loren Hunter, have been ordered to hunt down a scripture-quoting cyber-terrorist who calls himself "Gideon." Hunting Gideon sends Sue and Loren on a wild chase as they scramble to avert the ultimate online disaster.
Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood
By Douglas Thayer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,650. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Nonfiction
In the days before sunscreen, soccer practice, MTV, and Amber Alerts, boys roamed freely in the American West--fishing, hunting, hiking, pausing to skinny-dip in a river or pond. Douglas Thayer was such a boy, and in this poignant, often humorous memoir, he depicts his Utah Valley boyhood during the Great Depression and World War II.
Kindred Spirits
By Christopher Bigelow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,430. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
Born and bred in Mormon Utah, Eliza Spainhower has carved out an independent life for herself in Boston. Though still a believer, she has "fallen into sin" and been disfellowshipped from the LDS Church. Trying to repent, she connects with local native Eric Abercrombie. Soon she's prodding him in a race against hormones as the couple navigates the baptism and wedding hurdles of modern Mormonism.
Brother Brigham
By D. Michael Martindale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,300. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
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Like many young boys, C.H. Young grew up with an imaginary friend. In C.H.'s case, it was his ancestor Brigham Young. But C.H. grows up and leaves his childhood fantasies behind--or so he thinks. Then one day, a very real "Brother Brigham" pays him a visit, making demands that tax his faith, his marriage, and his sanity.
Dispensation: Latter-Day Fiction
By Angela Hallstrom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 184,610. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
(2.00)
A collection of the best Mormon short fiction written in the past two decades, each of these extraordinary stories represents a potent individual voice, from nationally acclaimed authors Brady Udall and Orson Scott Card, to respected Mormon literature veterans Douglas Thayer and Margaret Blair Young, to talented up-and-coming writers Lisa Madsen Rubilar and Todd Robert Petersen, and many more.
Light of the New Day
By Darin Cozzens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,080. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2010 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
In the shared setting of fictional Balford, Wyoming, the characters in Darin Cozzens's stories demonstrate both the follies and the virtues of rural Mormons in the late twentieth century.
What of the Night?
By Stephen Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,630. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2010 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Nonfiction
"By proving contraries, truth is made manifest," said Joseph Smith. A good thing, because Stephen Carter's religious life is full of contradictions. This collection of award-winning personal essays wrestles the "used tin foil, the ratty teddy bears, the rusty bicycle frames, the dog-eared magazines, the empty toilet paper rolls" of Carter's life into stories compelling, candid, and insightful.
No Going Back
By Jonathan Langford
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,930. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2010 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
(3.00)
A gay teenage Mormon growing up in western Oregon in 2003. His straight best friend. Their parents. A typical LDS ward, a high-school club about tolerance for gays, and a proposed anti-gay-marriage amendment to the state constitution. These elements combine in a coming-of-age story about faithfulness and friendship, temptation and redemption, tough choices and conflicting loyalties.
On the Road to Heaven
By Coke Newell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,900. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2010 by Zarahemla Books. Category: Fiction
In a style reminiscent of Jack Kerouac, Coke Newell's groundbreaking autobiographical novel traces an LSD-to-LDS pilgrimage across two continents. From Colorado's 1970s hippie heyday to the coca fields of Colombia, it's a journey through Thoreau ascetics, Ram Dass Taoism, and Edward Abbey monkey-wrenching to the mission fields of one of the world's most conservative contemporary religions.


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