The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary

The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary

by William Shunn

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Finalist for the 2015 Association for Mormon Letters Award

"This just may be my favorite true-life amazing-but-true tale--never has threatening an aircraft been funnier or more thought-provoking." --Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

"I devoured the more than four hundred pages of this memoir in what was essentially one sitting . . . A welcome addition to the library of Mormon autobiography--educational and highly entertaining." --Richard Packham, Dawning of a Brighter Day

1987. A faltering missionary named Bill Shunn lands himself in a Canadian jail, facing charges of hijacking and the prospect of life behind bars.

1844. A frontier prophet named Joseph Smith lands himself in an Illinois jail, facing charges of treason and the prospect of imminent lynching.

What binds these two men together? This riveting memoir--by turns hilarious, provocative and thrilling--answers that question in style, weaving from their stories a spellbinding tapestry of deception, desperation and defiance. Answer its call and you'll never look at a Mormon missionary the same way again.

"You will read few other books as smart, funny, honest, and heartbreaking as The Accidental Terrorist, and I unreservedly recommend it to you as both a home-grown cautionary tale and a highly original coming-of-age saga." --Michael Bishop, author of Ancient of Days

"The book grabs you on page one and never lets go. Fantastically written, beautifully paced, The Accidental Terrorist reads like a novel instead of a memoir. Only in novel form, no one would have ever believed these events could have happened. Believe it. William Shunn lived every word of this book. That he can share it so eloquently is a tribute not just to his writing skill, but his strengths as a human being." --Kristine Kathryn Rusch, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156676101
Publisher: Sinister Regard
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 923,439
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

William Shunn is the author of the acclaimed 2015 memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. Since his first publication in 1993, his short fiction has appeared in Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies and year's-best collections. His work has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Association for Mormon Letters Award. His chapbook An Alternate History of the 21st Century appeared from Spilt Milk Press in 2007, and his novella Cast a Cold Eye, written with Derryl Murphy, came out from PS Publishing in 2009. He lives and writes in New York City.

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The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Houstess More than 1 year ago
This non-fiction memoir is as compelling as any favorite suspense novel: utterly hard to put down as the author takes us on a personal journey through a Mormon mission and his ultimate realization that this church is not for him. The tale is told with occasional bits of Mormon history and development of the doctrine added to highlight a particular story. In this back and forth, suspense builds to the end on his love life, his spiritual life and his family life. I look forward to more from Mr. Shunn.