Title: The Road Show
Author: Braden Bell
Publisher: Bonneville Books/Cedar Fort
Genre: Adult Mormon Fiction
Year Published: 2010
Number of Pages: 128
Binding: Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Jonathan Langford.
Note: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author, in trade for a free electronic copy of my book, No Going Back.
Road shows are a familiar icon of Mormon life. The following passage from Braden Bell’s debut novel provides a horrible — and hilarious — illustration of the depths to which they can descend:
“Our last road show was a Sister Cartwright extravaganza about the Word of Wisdom. The big climax took place in the refrigerator — a showdown between the oranges and the junk food. Singing produce, dancing whole grains. I think I was a sentient Twinkie or something — one of the bad guys. We sang a song about fat and cholesterol to the tune of “˜The Lonely Goatherd’ from The Sound of Music. “˜Deep in the fridge were some evil Twinkies, la-hay-den with lo-hots of cholesterol!'” (p. 55)