Papa Married a Mormon

Papa Married a Mormon Papa Married a Mormon made its initial appearance in McCall s magazine in and later became a bestseller for Prentice Hall and a selection of two book clubs Mamma s Boarding House and Uncle Will a

  • Title: Papa Married a Mormon
  • Author: John D. Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9780914740216
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Papa Married a Mormon

    Papa Married a Mormon made its initial appearance in McCall s magazine in 1955 and later became a bestseller for Prentice Hall and a selection of two book clubs Mamma s Boarding House and Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse followed soon after, but good luck finding either of them.Born in Price, Utah, in 1907 to a Scandinavian Mormon mother and an Irish Catholic father, hPapa Married a Mormon made its initial appearance in McCall s magazine in 1955 and later became a bestseller for Prentice Hall and a selection of two book clubs Mamma s Boarding House and Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse followed soon after, but good luck finding either of them.Born in Price, Utah, in 1907 to a Scandinavian Mormon mother and an Irish Catholic father, he grew up influenced by both cultures He left Utah behind at age eighteen, working at such varied jobs as playing in a jazz band, working in a bank, and serving as an overseas newspaper correspondent At the time of his first break into the national literary scene, he was a purchaser for a steel company in California Fitzgerald began writing Papa Married a Mormon, a family history about his boyhood, to fulfill a promise made to his mother on her death bed She implored him to tell the story of those who settled the west Not so much a story of the Mormons, but of the people themselves specifically Fitzgerald s family and members of the Mormon Gentile community in which they lived.Set in the fictional southern Utah community of Adenville, Fitzgerald creates a nostalgic picture of small town life in early 1900s The story tells of the conflicts between the Mormons and gentiles within the community, and how leaders on both sides managed to unify the town, despite their differences and animosities Because many parts of the book are similar in prose to Mark Twain s Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn novels, Papa Married a Mormon fits the mold of a Victorian look at an era long gone.Reference The Promise Is Fulfilled Literary Aspects of John D Fitzgerald s Novels, by Audrey M Godfrey Retrieved February 11, 2008 from mldbu 94 godfreym

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    1. Bonnie

      This book is John D. Fitzgerald's first and is semiautobiographical. "Papa Married a Mormon" is the first book in a trilogy also including "Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse" and "Mamma's Boarding House." All three are great books. I loved -- loved! -- the ending of "Mamma's Boarding House" and cried and cried. The thing to remember is that this is a fictionalized account of Fitzgerald's life and family and that he sets the story ten to fifteen years before his parents actually got married, he [...]

    2. Alice Gold

      I absolutely LOVED this book. I don't know if I am bias because I am a Mormon, but I think anyone would enjoy this amazing story of an amazing family (written by a family member). This book was well written and so so so interesting. I loved the stories, they made me laugh and cry. I loved the themes of the book: religious tolerance, humanity, love, God is love, family is love, loyalty many that were so good! Loved itwish there was a sequel, but it wouldn't be the same without Tom and Tena. What [...]

    3. Brooke Swift

      I loved this book! I read all of "The Great Brain" books by the same author when I was a kid, but this book was more autobiographical and was written for adults. The basic message is one of love and understanding. It was well written, humorous, and touching.

    4. LaRae

      I liked this story because what could have ended up being a story of brokenness and bigotry, was instead a story of love overcoming.

    5. Christina

      Finally! A good book after so much mediocrity! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book after picking up what has to be the first edition (1955) from my local library. I was pleasantly surprised by how captivating the story, setting, and characters were. Definitely a worthwhile and accurate glimpse into life in central Utah during the early days of settlement. I appreciated that Fitzgerald did not dodge religious issues or paint the Mormons as always tolerant-- they were persecutors too. If F [...]

    6. Jenifer

      I liked this quite a lot. As many reviewers have noted, this book and its two partners-in-trilogy are out of print and as such, hard to get a hold of but worth the effort. If you read and loved the "Great Brain" books as a kid I think this is a must for you as an adult. (Same author) If you like stories of the early frontier and the characters who inhabited and settled it, (like "These is My Words"); If you like stories where the good guys do bad things sometimes and the bad guys often pull thro [...]

    7. Mary Ann

      Oh, nostalgia. I forgot how great of a storyteller this author is. He transports you right back to the "Wild West" and it was such a delight to read. I also loved the way the story was written, about religion and how everyone can be a good Christian, regardless of what religion they belong to. He wrote a very unbiased story about the Mormons in this part of Utah and what they worked for and represented. It was a great story of tolerance and forgiveness. Plus, it was just plain fun. And now, I wi [...]

    8. Trace

      Mamma Fitzgerald is being added to my list of literary momma's who I count as mentors; and so she is joining the ranks of such 'women as Marmee or Mrs. March, Laddie's mother and, Mother Carey. What an inspiring woman -and she is indeed a real woman - the author's motherAs a child, I ADORED Fitzgerald's Great Brain books. I had a teacher who ADORED them and read them aloud to us with just the perfect inflection in her voice (thank you Mrs. D!!) we were CAPTIVATED I read them over and over in sub [...]

    9. Emmi

      Not one I would have picked up on my own, but definitely entertaining. And I love the message of Christlike tolerance and love. Tena is by far the most christlike character I've read in a long time and she inspired me. So much so that I would have given it 5 stars except that I have to disagree slightly with the overall message. I felt that the overall message of the book was that it doesn't matter what religion you are, if you are a good person, you're fine. It made me feel like I was on my mis [...]

    10. Danielle

      A fun read. I love the Great Brain series, but this book, written for adults, was much better. Especially because The Great Brain is fiction, based on actual events in the author's life, while this was (I believe) meant to be non-fiction. He does qualify that slightly in the introduction, but on the whole, I believe it's accurate. Anyway, it's fascinating to read about turn-of-the-century Utah, and especially about the divergent religions and backgrounds of the main characters in a small Mormon [...]

    11. Cecilia

      This is our 1st ever family Classic. I have never read a story that addresses christian religions in such a great way. We relate to this story in our family. The discussions we had about this family and their experiences have lead us to plan to read it again as a family. Each night we read this out loud as a group we were sad when we had to stop. So many great nuggets of goodness amid difficult situations. Families are complicated. Communities are diverse. I can only hope that my son will be abl [...]

    12. Angela

      While not a religious book per se, this book was a wonderfully enjoyable view into the lives of those people who settled the Price area of Southern Utah (often a real look into the wild West!), including fun and touching stories and examples of what it truly means to live as a Christian. I laughed and cried and recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the late 1800's.

    13. Richard

      A fascinating depiction of life in Utah before statehood. Many of the individuals that shaped characters within The Great Brain books appear, but they are so differently depicted here (and the delicate political problems faced by both Gentiles and Mormons in this time before statehood is captured so wonderfully).

    14. Krisette Spangler

      Excellent, excellent, excellent. Mr. Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse of the settling of Utah. He recounts the story of his father and mother and brings the wild west to life. It has all the elements of a great story; gunfights, love, and the great brain.

    15. Leanne

      I read this years ago, and had forgotten it until I ordered a couple of Fitzgerald's Great Brain books recently. It is based on Fitzgerald's life with some fiction thrown in I believe, and I remember being very entertained by it. All my friends should read it!

    16. Brian

      I didn't know what to expect from this one, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I was pleased to discover that it was essentially a memoir recounting the author's family history and some elements of Utah State history in general. I like the book's approach to religion and admired the portrayal of the author's parents and the way they worked to build bridges between religious communities. the author was raised in a household with a Catholic dad and a Mormon mom along with Methodist influ [...]

    17. Tatiana

      I'm not sure whether to call this a memoir or a family history or what. I found this biographical book by the author of a series of some of my favorite books in childhood, The Great Brain series, to be delightful. Many of the characters we met in the kids books are here again in real life, plus a few others we haven't learned about before. I loved the story of JD's uncle Will, his father's brother, who was a gunslinger and had made his fortune owning the best saloon in Silverlode. There were man [...]

    18. Alanna

      Just finished re-reading this, and can I say how much I love this book? I love all the wild west stories and reading them for the 4th (or 5th?) time was an absolute pleasure.A few things struck me a bit differently now, reading as a grown up with a family of her own-- as much as Mamma is clearly beloved by everyone, and a wonderful example of a good Christian woman, I did sort of wonder how she let everyone just wind up Catholic. I wish she would have fought harder to teach her children her beli [...]

    19. Lu

      I never would have read this book had Bridget not recommended it. (I don't particularly enjoy pioneer type books). This is a funny and interesting perspective of living in and around Mormons in the early days of Utah. I love, love, love that this is non-fiction! That Uncle will won a saloon in a game of cards, shacks up with a dance hall girl and is still considered part of the family, well, that's a side of the early days of Utah I haven't heard much about. There are some people in these storie [...]

    20. Kara

      This was a great book! I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because it was a little hard for me to get into in the beginning. I was a little lost in all the back ground history, but as the story unfolded I really enjoyed the funny and almost unbelievable stories. And I thought the ending was really sweet.I was a little leery of reading this book when my mom gave it to me, thinking it was just about Mormon history. But I was pleasantly surprised how the author viewed different religions and the individual [...]

    21. Jessica

      I have heard about this book all of my life, but I had never read it. I found it at the library the other day so I got it. It is the story of a devoted Catholic man who comes to the Utah territory and finds love at first sight with a Mormon girl. There are many obstacles put in his way to marry the object of his desires. He finds a true friend in an unlikely person and then the story unfolds. The story is set in Southern Utah, which is my home so it is extra exciting to read of the different loc [...]

    22. Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

      My grandmother had this book on her bookshelf and I found it as a teenager. I loved it. It immediately became on of my favorite books, ever, and I was thrilled when she gave it to me. Written by John D. Fitzgerald (of Great Brain fame), it's a somewhat fictionalized family history of his family life growing up in rural Utah. His mother was Mormon and his father Catholic. Neither one ever converted to the others' faith. He tells the story of their courtship and how he and his siblings were raised [...]

    23. Swhite

      Someone donated this book to the library and as happens when you work in a library I got first dibs reading this. I didn't realize then how awesome, heartfelt and hilarious this book would be. Definitely a favorite of mine. I selfishly kept it not just because I loved it, but because it was a first edition and deserved to be cared for and preserved in it's fairly good condition. Library books take a beating and while I wanted others to enjoy this book too, I couldn't bear to see it stolen (like [...]

    24. Wayne

      This is the novel for adults that created the world of "The Great Brain." In this novel the author describes how his parents came to Utah and met. It gives a lot of back story that readers of the Great Brain books would love.I read the book with the expectation that it was a memoir (the library had it in the Biography section), but it is clearly a novel. I look forward to the two sequels, if I can find them. If anybody else is as obsessed with these novels as I am I found a website where someone [...]

    25. Melanie

      I loved this!! I am a big fan of authors telling their life story-- what made them into the writer they are. Though not entirely based on true events, John's story was honest, adventurous, and lovely to read. I especially enjoyed the melding of two cultures & religions within the old west. How this family learned from each other while always being true to themselves was so refreshing. I was hesitant to pick it up-- expecting something completely different. I'm glad I didn't pass on this one, [...]

    26. Richard

      A child reminisces about his family while growing up in Utah in the 1870s-80s. In the style of Cheaper By the Dozen or I Remember Mama, the author tells stories about his parents, relatives and the people he knew. Easy to read. It captures the Wild West in all its politically incorrect (by today's standards)glory. And yet, despite that political incorrectness, people got along or at least respected The Other Guy. To a point. It was a violent place & time. A story of Melting Pot Americawhere [...]

    27. Lydia

      This book grabs your attention from the get go but then gets a little long in the middle before finally picking up at the end. I think I would have given it higher points if it had been completely a true story read like one.but from looking up on the internet it is more a conglomerate of people and places. It is very realistic and many people/parts are real. Worth the read. And makes me want to re-read the "Great Brain" books. (I must have been in elementary the last time I read them.)

    28. Annie

      Category: Book set in your home state (Utah). LOVE this book. This is not the first time I've read it; I first discovered it in high school. Papa (a catholic) marries Mama (a Mormon). It is about their courtship, marriage and subsequent life in southern Utah, raising a family of 4 boys and 1 girl. One of the boys is the biggest wheeler dealer in town and is known as the Great Brain. (JD Fitzgerald also wrote the Great Brain series of children's books). This book is fiction, but based on Fitzgera [...]

    29. Nat

      Thoroughly entertaining "historical biography" of Fitzgerald's family in early Utah territory. Reads like fiction (which some of it probably is, or at least history as modified be repeated retelling in the family for generations). It really shows the rough and tumble features of frontier towns (with entire businesses being lost and won in poker games and people being gunned down a the drop of a hat). Not sure how accurate any of this is, but it makes a great story full of human drama and western [...]

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