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This is an early work (about 1970?) by Douglas Thayer, professor of English at BYU and one of the most prolific and respected of LDS novelists. Although Summer Fire has not become as popular as some of Thayer’s later works, I think it is a wonderful look at how an orthodox LDS upbringing in central Utah has shaped (and maybe somewhat skewed) the perspective of an adolescent on the cusp of manhood. Fifteen-year-old Owen, whose father died when he was a baby, has been raised by his mother and pat ...more
This was the first novel by Douglas Thayer that I have read, but he quickly became one of my favorite authors of mormon-themed literature. The characters, while complex and deep, felt realistic. The imagery was always crisp and vibrant, and the symbolism caused me to ponder throughout my reading.