While this blog is a little off-beat and good for a laugh once in a while, I know that many of my readers appreciate quality LDS literature as well. For those who do, I strongly recommend Angela Hallstrom's debut novel, Bound on Earth. Portions of Bound on Earth have won awards from Irreantum magazine (2003); Dialogue's "Best of the Year Award: Fiction" (2005) ; honors from the Utah Arts Council (2006); and the Salt Flats Annual Emerging Writer Fiction Contest (2007).
This novel is about three generations of a modern-day LDS family and deals with the power of family and staying together in the face of trials. In a series of interconnected stories, you are able to see life through the points of view of a young man with bi-polar disorder, an older daughter who always tries to do what is right, and a mother who struggles with her ability to be an effective parent, as well as many other contemporary issues. Bound on Earth can be purchased from Amazon.com where additional reviews are also available.
More information on the author can be found at AngelaHallstrom.com. The cover illustration was provided by Anthony Sweat, and his additional work, both LDS and non-LDS themed, can be viewed at AnthonySweat.com.
In full disclosure, the author is my sister and illustrator is my brother. I am incredibly proud of both of them and am awed by their talents and professional abilities. Looks like I better start picking up the quality of the NMH blog. My siblings set a high standard.