Utah Book Award: Fiction

The Utah Book Award began in 1999 and is awarded each year by the Utah Humanities Council. Categories for the award (although not consistent each year) include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children, and young adult.

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The Arc and the Sediment
Artist/Author/Cast:
Allen-Yazzie, Christine
Call Number:
F Allen-Yazzie
Description:

(2007) Gretta Bitsilly journeys to Arizona in order to convince her post-alcoholic husband to return to their family.

Calling Out : A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meadows, Rae
Call Number:
F Meadows
Description:

(2006) When Jane packed up her car and decided to head West, she never imagined she would end up in Utah, working at a "Mormon-approved" escort service.

Dancing Naked : A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Van Wagoner, Robert H.
Call Number:
F Van Wagoner
Description:

(1999) Terry and Rayne Walker attempt to come to terms with the shattering effects of their 15-year-old son's suicide.

Danse Macabre
Artist/Author/Cast:
Elias, Gerald
Call Number:
F Elias
Description:

(2010) The murder of a violinist and a premature accusation bring Daniel Jacobus out of retirement and into the sleuthing business.

Downwinders: An Atomic Tale
Call Number:
F Oberhansly
Description:

(2001) After discovering government documents on open-air atomic testing, a Utah rancher attempts to get them into the victims' hands.

The End of the Straight and Narrow
Call Number:
F McGlynn
Description:

(2008) This collection of stories illustrates the lives of the religious faithful against the backdrop of faith-testing disasters.

The Husband`s Dilemma
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stansbury, Nicole
Call Number:
F Stansbury
Description:

(2004) Stansbury's collection of stories highlights the ups and downs of marital alliances and domestic relationships gone awry.

Massachusetts, California, Timbuktu
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rosenfeld, Stephanie
Call Number:
F Rosenfeld
Description:

(2003) With her erratic mother and younger sister, Colleen Hanley embarks on a cross-country trek to start a new life.

My Abandonment
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rock, Peter
Call Number:
F Rock
Description:

(2009) A father and daughter live quietly in a nature preserve until a backcountry jogger stumbles upon their existence.

Rain in the Valley
Artist/Author/Cast:
Papanikolas, Helen
Call Number:
F Papanikolas
Description:

(2005) Papanikolas tells the story of the Demas family through three generations as they face changing landscapes and evolving customs.

Red Water: A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Freeman, Judith
Call Number:
F Freeman
Description:

(2002) Emma, Ann, and Rachel, three of John D. Lee's nineteen wives, narrate this story of frontier life and religious devotion.

The Time of the Little Black Bird
Artist/Author/Cast:
Papanikolas, Helen
Call Number:
F Papanikolas
Description:

(2000) A young Greek emigrant establishes a family business which, during three generations' time, slowly poisons the relationships within the family.