Dialogue Book Report #9: Novels of polygamy and the Great Basin frontier

Andrew Hall converses with three remarkable novelists, all of whom have recently published novels set in 19th century Mormon settlements on the Great Basin frontier. Phyllis Barber, John Bennion, and Dean Hughes write in widely different styles, but all of their recent novels feature characters struggling with polygamy. They talk about their novels, the realities of polygamy and the United Order, and the influence of Maurine Whipple’s The Giant Joshua on their works.

 

Featured books:

Phyllis Barber. The Desert Between Us

John Bennion. An Unarmed Woman

John Bennion. Ezekiel’s Third Wife

Dean Hughes. Muddy: Where Faith and Polygamy Collide

Dean Hughes. River: Where Faith and Consecration Converge

Maurine Whipple. The Giant Joshua

Maurine Whipple. A Craving for Beauty: The Collected Writings of Maurine Whipple (edited by Veda Hale, Andrew Hall, and Lynne Larson)