Godforsaken Idaho

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Godforsaken Idaho
224 pages; New Harvest
Godforsaken Idaho, Shawn Vestal's slam-dunk debut, casts a cinematic shadow on the American West. In "Winter Elders," a Mormon missionary stalks a former church member to devastating effect. The doubters in these stories lose religion but find that "nothing that happens has to be real, and anything is possible."
— Kristy Davis