Search Results: "Johnny Townsend"


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DRAGONS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another of Townsend's critical but affectionate and absorbing tours of Mormon discontent."
In these sympathetic but subversive stories, Mormons have their faith tested in ways both subtle and severe. Read full book review >

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The Mormon Victorian Society by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2013

"Funny, shrewd and finely wrought dissections of the awkward contradictions—and surprising harmonies—between conscience and desire."
Gay Mormons struggle to reconcile their hearts with their faith in these slyly revealing stories. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEM OF RABBI LOEW by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"A strong collection, but its internal conflicts—between sensitive depiction of Jewish intellectual life and raunchy tales of porn—ultimately work at cross-purposes."
A collection of short stories set along the connections of gay life, Jewish life and Mormon life. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Another of Townsend's rich dissections of Mormon failures and uncertainties, this time among the shock-troops of faith."
Uncertain young adults fess up, hook up, and give up in these wryly subversive stories about Mormons doing missionary work. Read full book review >

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LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >

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GAYRABIAN NIGHTS by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"There's little new material in this repackaging of previously published stories, but this is a good introduction to Townsend's cleareyed, funny, empathetic dissection of Mormonism and its discontents."
Gay Mormons struggle for acceptance from a hostile church—and themselves—in these wryly subversive stories. Read full book review >

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MORMON FAIRY TALES by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Mormon literature with a universal appeal."
Townsend writes gorgeous, intimate tales from the edges of one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCUMCISION OF GOD by Johnny Townsend
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 20, 2009

"Well-laid but sometimes uneven steps toward understanding conflicted believers."
Circumventing the paragons espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Townsend (Marginal Mormons, 2012, etc.) returns with a collection of short stories that consider the imperfect, silenced majority of Mormons, who may in fact be its best hope. Read full book review >

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The Washing of Brains by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Well-crafted dispatches on the clash between religion and self-fulfillment that never quite break out of the box."
Gay Mormons struggle to wash homophobic doctrine right out of their minds in Townsend's (The Mormon Inquisition, 2016, etc.) latest story collection.Read full book review >

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Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A funny, charming tale about a group of Mormons facing the end of the world."
Townsend (Gayrabian Nights, 2014, etc.) uses the apocalypse as a window into the secret lives of Mormons in this satirical novel.Read full book review >

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Despots of Deseret by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2015

"More vibrant parables about doubts and blasphemies that hide beneath a veneer of piety."
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grapple with the harshness of church teachings in these ironic but heartfelt stories. Read full book review >