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Author: Shawn Vestal Narrator: Benjamin L. Darcie Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781469283586
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Winner of the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Named "Outstanding 2013 Collection" by The Story Prize
Pushcart Prize Winner

In this stunning debut, Shawn Vestal transports us 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 the fold, these nine stories illuminate the articles of faith that make us 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 treasure. Godforsaken Idaho is an indelible collection by the writer you need to explore next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shawn Vestal’s Godforsaken Idaho is a wickedly funny, surprisingly profound collection. These nine stories of prophets and parents, of doppelgangers and pocket dogs, form a thrilling introduction to one of the wryest, most inventive new voices in fiction.”

    Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

  • “[This] slam-dunk debut…casts a cinematic shadow on the American West.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] collection of powerful stories…Why you’ll love it? The mix of everyday people struggling through everyday life (e.g,, a teenager seduced into robbing houses with his father) and fantastical fiction (e.g., a heaven with a cafeteria that serves every meal you ever had in your life)."

    Huffington Post

  • “A provocative and revelatory debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “In the lyrical beauty of his sentences, in the brutal choices his characters must make, and in the heartbreaking landscape itself, Shawn Vestal finds startling moments of grace and unexpected redemption.”

    Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men

  • “Shutter your windows—Godforsaken Idaho is an awesome storm of history, grit, and revelatory imagination. These stories take huge risks and simply do not falter. Shawn Vestal has set out to reimagine the American West, and he’s done so with the soulful, single-minded purpose of a half-mad pioneer.”

    Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River and The Cradle

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013
  • A Huffington Post Best Book to Pick Up Now

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About the Author

Shawn Vestal is the author of the short story collection, Godforsaken Idaho. An Eastern Washington University graduate, his stories have been published in Tin House and McSweeney’s, among others.

About the Narrator

Benjamin L. Darcie has been on the stage since he was six years old, performing in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He drifted from the stage to the screen, acting in and directing short films, as well as doing voiceover work and narration for trailers, films, and audio books. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.