More than one hundred years ago, Nephi Anderson published what is considered to be the first Mormon novel, Added Upon. It was an interesting attempt to encompass the entire gospel plan, from pre- mortality to the afterlife. there was a long dry period for LDS novels after that, with the form resurfacing in the 1940s and ‘50s. But the novels were few and far between until the ‘70s when Mormon love stories began to grow in popularity. Now Mormons are featured in hundreds of novels published by both regional and national houses. Is our religion and culture accurately reflected in this burgeoning literary form?

Lael Littke