Thora Rodello Hicken Hunter, one of a handful of Mormon authors who saw national success recounting Mormon life, died August 19 at age 85. Hunter wrote three novels, A House of Many Rooms, Wyoming Wife and Daughter of Zion, all of which were published by national publisher Alfred A. Knopf between 1965 and 1972. During that time she was also one of just a few women who wrote about the experiences of Mormon women.
Hunter’s writing was often humorous, but also quite serious in what it examined. Like Hunter herself, her books can be described through her advice to young adult leaders, “talk straight, inject humor, admit you’re human.” Hunter was a free-spirited member of the Church who had unconventional ways that sometimes rubbed leaders the wrong way.