Thirteen short stories set in the American heartland mark a disarming fiction debut for journalist Kirn. (Nov.)
Mormons play key roles in many of the 13 stories in this splendid debut collection. In ``Whole Other Bodies,'' two young missionaries in dark suits visit a troubled family and bring about a miraculous conversion. In ``The New Timothy,'' a young man returns from his mission in Korea with new priorities and an Oriental point of view. The title story features a family's move from Wisconsin to Arizona with a carsick dog, two restless brothers, and a Mom who reflects on the merits of the Mormon faith. Kirn develops strong characters in a few paragraphs; his settings and plots are also brought to life with a minimum of fuss. If there were best seller lists for short story collections, this one would deserve to be at the top.-- Dean Willms, Fort Collins P.L., Col.