Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood
A memoir by Douglas Thayer
"One of the finest writers the LDS Church has yet produced has now turned his talent to his own growing-up years. Entertaining, wise—and it's even true."
—Orson Scott Card
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.
"Douglas Thayer's Hooligan is the most delightful thing to come out of Utah since the glaciers receded. This memoir seduces the reader with vivid hometown detail, a warm-hearted recreation of boyhood, and generous dashes of Thayer's distinctive irony and wit. I'm buying stacks for Christmas presents."
—Elouise Bell, author of Only When I Laugh and Madame Ridiculous and Lady Sublime