Donna Banta is a former Mormon and author of the novel, The Girls from Fourth Ward. Her short fiction has appeared in Latter-Gay Saints: an Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction and the Todd Point Review. She also contributes to various Mormon-themed blogs including Ward Gossip, Ex-Mormon Mavens, and Main Street Plaza. She earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University and was married in the Mormon temple in Oakland, California. For many years she tried to remain active in the LDS Church as a "Mormon Feminist," an effort that led to her premature release from practically every ward position she was called to fill. Now she's just a feminist and her calling is writing. She also loves to garden, cook, travel, interact with the broader Mormon community, spend time with her family, and watch old episodes of Columbo. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
The Girls from Fourth Wardby Donna Banta
When Lieutenant Matt Ryan quits the San Francisco police force to take a job in the sleepy Northern California town of Abbottsville, he finds himself with too much time on his hands. That is, until a Mormon bishop is shot dead at the local LDS church. Energized by "a rush from the old days," Ryan and his partner, Sergeant Stella Romano, quickly determine that the killers are four LDS high school girls. But what on earth could be their motive? The explanation begins five years earlier, when four of Abbottsville Fourth Ward's most prodigious young women set their hearts and minds on attending Brigham Young University.
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