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Where Nothing Is Long Ago: Memories of a Mormon Childhood

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The narrator of these stories is an adult remembering her experiences as a child and telling them from a child's perspective. The stories often attempt to understand the values of the writer's community and depend on the reader's ability to recognize the ironic distance between the child's perception and the meaning of the incidents to the narrator. Two of these stories we ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Signature Books (first published March 1999)
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book from the Lewistown Hardys as a Christmas gift--Thanks! I like short stories and I enjoyed Virginia Sorensen’s great storytelling abilities. Her descriptive images are vivid. The title is creative, applying to childhood and then tied to young, Utah settlements. The author says these accounts are fictional, even though based on a number of real people and events. It felt real to me, but you’re never sure which parts she’s making up and that can be disconcerting. I prefer nonfi ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I did not know this book existed until I accidentally came across it at the library in the biography section. I have read several of Sorensen's fiction novels, but had no idea this was published. It is a 1998 reprint; it was first published in the late 1960s. Signature Books categorizes it as Fiction (short stories) but it's shelved in the biographies, and although Sorensen did not like this work labeled as anything but "stories," the consensus by the voices that count (Susan Elizabeth Howe, Eug ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another step in my Mormon Literature self-education.

John Bennion, a mentor professor of mine, told me Virginia Sorensen was perhaps our best writer, one of the best. The most elegant, anyway. And this book is elegant. In stories that read like narrative essays, Sorensen captures what it was like to grow up Mormon in Southern Utah. It's hard to write well from a child's perspective, to do so without getting silly or condescending, but she manages it beautifully. The stories are understated, subt
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I truly love Virginia Sorensen--she's my new idol. This book is a series of essays about her childhood growing up Mormon in rural Utah. Even though she was a child in the 40s, there is so much I can relate to and there were still remnants of that way of life, in my own childhood though I grew up in the 80s. There is a chapter here about her pet kitten that made me cry... And I don't even like cats! Her ability to remember her childhood and the impressions and emotions of childhood is impressive. ...more
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Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Surprisingly good. It helps when a book starts with a murder by shovel over water shares, deemed by a jury to be self defense.

These "personal essays", as Eugene England characterized them, give us a child's view into small, Utah communities. I was expecting not to be interested in the perspective of a young girl, but Sorensen demonstrates her skill by engaging more that just other little girls. Sorensen's growing up years were rich and full of memorable experience. Cats, horses, boys, siblings a
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent little compilation of stories. They are particularly meaningful if you are Mormon and from Utah, and if you've ever been to Manti. The stories are charming and youthful. Some surprisingly very poignant. Definitely worth a read. :)
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As with all short story collections, there is some unevenness, but overall an excellent volume. I would like to think more about the role creativity and memory play in this.
Mar 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
The doctrine that she mentions as part of her stories is NOT accurate. I would not suggest this book.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biog-and-memoir
Memories of a Mormon Childhood.

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VIRGINIA SORENSEN (1912-1991) was born in Utah, and it was her family's own stories that influenced her early novels of the American West.
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