Sideways to the Sun
by Linda Sillitoe
Paperback / 264 pages / 0-941214-56-7 / $7.95
BEST NOVEL, ASSOCIATION FOR MORMON LETTERS
Rejecting male stereotypes about women, Sillitoe looks beyond the surface of a Bountiful, Utah, community to examine one woman’s struggle for autonomy. Megan Steven’s ordinary and happy life takes an unexpected turn one night when her soft-spoken husband does not return home as usual after work. Neither widowed nor divorced, yet suddenly single, Megan finds herself increasingly estranged from the comfortable assumptions, institutions, and friends that she thought would always support her. Struggling to see herself and her four children through the crisis, Megan determines not to remain a victim. In the process, she will discover where her husband Richard has gone and why.
Linda Sillitoe is a former staff reporter at the Deseret News and features editor for Utah Holiday magazine. She is the author of non-fiction (Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders), fiction (Windows on the Sea), and poetry (Crazy for Living) and co-producer of a PBS-affiliated documentary on the Navajo.