In a review of a collection of contemporary short stories from abroad:
“It is as if literary fiction didn’t so much reflect other cultures, obliging us to immerse ourselves in the exotic, but rather brought back news of shortcomings and injustices to an international community that could be relied upon to sympathize. These writers seem more like excellent foreign correspondents than foreigners. Across the globe, the literary frame of mind is growing more homogeneous. ”
This is how I feel about the Mormon literary fiction that I’ve read. ‘Literary’ is an identity and ‘Mormon’ is another. Truly synthesizing identities is an act of genius. Genius is sadly in short supply.