Growing Up in Provo’s (not so) Perfect Neighborhoods

As Seen by Angels

Dream-House-on-Golan-DriveSalt Lake City—A new novel from Signature Books follows the ups and downs of growing up in the hills above Brigham Young University in the 1970s. An interesting aspect of Dream House on Golan Drive is that David G. Pace’s novel is narrated by two angels who occasionally step back and critique the events they watch unfold. Nor are the angels the sort who would recommend living life safely, by the book. A little excitement in more to their liking—having some fun and living on the edge.

“With this novel, Mormon literature gets a welcome jolt,” says award winning author Brian Doyle from Portland, Oregon. “It is a mark of maturity when a culture of any kind faces itself squarely, with pain and humor and grace.” Doyle writes from a Catholic perspective, and Mormon writer Mette Ivie Harrison, author of The Bishop’s Wife, agrees that Pace’s work is “a superb depiction of Utah life in the 1970s and 1980s.” Another Mormon writer, Phyllis Barber, says this book is “a wonder to behold.”

Pace lives in Salt Lake City and is the literary editor for 15 Bytes Magazine. Admitting that it is “no coincidence” he grew up in Provo, he remembers his own childhood with equal parts fondness and disdain. His father was the prominent and controversial BYU religion professor George W. Pace.

David Pace will talk about his book at the King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City this Tuesday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m.  Lovers of fiction—and those who enjoy a verisimilitude of reality—will find a lot to enjoy in Pace’s comedic and poignant tale of a dysfunctional Utah family, heightened by a pretense of orthodoxy in the face of everyday failings. As Southern Utah University professor and writer Darrell Spencer said of the book, “The metaphysics of Pace’s novel may be religious, but its answers to life’s questions cannot be found in any catechism.”

As reviewed in the Salt Lake Tribune.

David Pace at the
Kings Engilsh
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
November 10, 7:00 pm.