A novel by Todd Robert Petersen
Jens Thorsen's retirement is not what his wife, Lila, was expecting. Rather than tending to things around the house, Thorsen has thrown himself into a life of charity: visiting the sick, the widowed, and the incarcerated. Between these acts of service, Thorsen finds the time to nurse his feud with local bishop Darrell Bunker. The two have hated each other for as long as anyone in Sanpete, Utah, can remember.
Even though the valley is much too small for the both of them, Thorsen and the bishop have managed a tense ceasefire that allows daily life to carry on. But when the bishop's daughter moves home, there are suddenly too many egos in one place, and Sanpete starts to pull apart at the seams.
"What a pleasure to read the work of a writer who understands and can accurately portray the small, out-of-the-way parts of this world where honor, generosity, and sheer cussedness are still operative principles. With Rift, Todd Petersen has written a funny and tough-minded account of a place where family, faith, and community still come first."
—Brady Udall, author of Letting Loose the Hounds and The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Todd Robert Petersen is originally from Portland, Oregon. He has lived in Washington, Arizona, and Oklahoma. He currently teaches in the English Department at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. His first book, Long After Dark, received an ARTYS award from Salt Lake City Weekly. Rift was given the Marilyn Brown Novel Award.