Hooligan by Douglas Thayer
A Mormon Boyhood

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In the days before sunscreen, soccer practice, MTV, and Amber Alerts, boys roamed freely in the American West--fishing, hunting, hiking, pausing to skinny-dip in river or pond. Douglas Thayer was such a boy, and in this poignant, often humorous memoir, he depicts his Utah Valley boyhood during the Great Depression and World War II. Known in some circles as a Mormon Hemingway, Thayer has created a richly detailed work that shares cultural DNA with Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes," Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and William Golding's "Lord of the Flies." His narrative at once prosaic and poetic, Thayer captures nostalgia for a simpler time, along with boyhood's universal yearnings, pleasures, and mysteries.

About Douglas Thayer

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Douglas Thayer teaches English at Brigham Young University where he has served as director of composition, chair of creative writing, associate department chair, and associate dean. He has received various awards for his fiction, including the Karl G. Maeser Creative Arts Award. He is the author of the novel Summer Fire and two collections of short stories, Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone and Under the Cottonwoods and Other Mormon Stories. and has been published in the Colorado Quarterly. Dialogue, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He and his wife--in her last year of law school--have two children currently on LDS missions.
Published August 13, 2007 by Zarahemla Books. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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