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Rift by Todd Robert Petersen
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Nov 10, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This novel has at least two things going for it. First is the gem of a main character, Jens Thorsen. At first glance he's the your typical grumpy old man with a hidden heart of gold. While this description fits Jens, he's much more than that. He is a real, three dimensional, well-developed character. Unfortunately, such well-drawn figures aren't typical enough in LDS themed fiction. Many characters in LDS novels are too good or too bad to feel human, or just too stereotypical. Some of the minor characters in Petersen's book fall into this latter category. The self-righteous Relief Society ladies read a bit like caricature. The other strength of this novel is Petersen's sense of place. He describes rural and small town life in Sanpete County vividly. He is a good descriptive writer.
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