Bright Angels and Familiars anthologizes the full sweep of contemporary Mormon short fiction. Beginning with Virginia Sorensen and Maurine Whipple, the best of Mormondom's "lost generation" of the 1940s-50s, it progresses to Douglas Thayer and Donald R. Marshall, the first in the 1970s-80s to produce complete collections of short stories; and to Lewis Horne and Levi S. Peterson, the first to be nationally published and honored. It concludes with recent and increasingly prominent writers such as Phyllis Barber, John Bennion, Orson Scott Card, Neal Chandler, Judith Freeman, Walter Kirn, and Margaret Blair Young.
Other contributors include M. Shayne Bell, Michael Fillerup, Pauline Mortensen, Linda Sillitoe, Darrell Spencer, and others. These writers employ a wide spectrum of styles and themes, from realism to post-modernism, from folklore to satire, from faith to despair. The editor selected what he felt were the best short stories from the finest Mormon writers, making this a definitive compilation.