Dream House on Golan Drive


A book following the soul of a once true believer who leaves his “perfect Mormon family” in search of truth and identity.

November, 2015

SKU: 978-1-56085-241-4 Categories: , Tags: , , Author: David G. PaceProduct ID: 1318


It is the year 1972, and Riley Hartley finds that he, his family, community, and his faith are entirely indistinguishable from each other. He is eleven. A young woman named Lucy claims God has revealed to her that she is to live with Riley’s family. Her quirks are strangely disarming, her relentless questioning of their life incendiary and sometimes comical. Her way of taking religious practice to its logical conclusion leaves a strong impact on her hosts and propels Riley outside his observable universe toward a trajectory of self-discovery.

Set in Provo and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the story encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The style, too, is innovative in how it employs as narrator “Zed,” one of the apocryphal Three Nephites who, with another immortal figure, the Wandering Jew of post-biblical legend, engage regularly in light-hearted banter and running commentary, animating the story and leavening the heartache with humor and tenderness.

David G. Pace has published in Alligator Juniper, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, ellipsis, Phone Fiction, Quarterly West, and Sunstone. Winner of Association for Mormon Letters and Dialogue Foundation Best Short Fiction Awards, Pace continues to follow his muse as the literary editor of 15 Bytes magazine.

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6 reviews for Dream House on Golan Drive

  1. Phyllis Barber

    David Pace’s novel is a wonder to behold. He takes the soul of a true believer from the “perfect Mormon family” in the Provo foothills (where David also grew up) and exposes him to the outside world, seen and unseen, including an encounter with one of the three immortal Nephites. As Riley struggles to hold onto his beliefs, it may seem like little enough for some readers, but for some of us it is hugely sufficient and satisfactory. This is a dazzling contribution to Mormon literature

  2. Darrell Spencer

    Who better to tell the story of the coming of age of a bright and confused Riley Hartley—son of an LDS Church icon—than the ‘old jaded Nephite’ Zed (short for Zedekiah), one of the three ancients allowed to wander the earth forever? Zed proves the perfect guardian and storyteller, a cynical wise man whose ‘eternal, ineffectual musings’ draw us into unexpected places—a heart of darkness. Chekhov said that an author needs to correctly identify a problem and solve it, but that only the first task is obligatory. Pace has met this obligation. In the grip of an Abrahamic moment, Riley can find no solace or consolation. The metaphysics of the novel may be religious, but the answer cannot be found in any catechism.

  3. Mette Ivie Harrison

    A superb depiction of Utah life in the 1970s and 1980s, complete with many of the now-discounted Mormon cultural practices of the time. This might have been the story of my own Linda Wallheim’s first husband, Ben. The author has given us a beautiful portrait of a man torn apart by his culture, his beliefs, and his deepest self.

  4. Brian Doyle

    Mormon literature gets a welcome jolt of honest genuine salty blunt lyrical narrative here; it’s a mark of maturity when a culture of any kind faces itself squarely, with pain and humor and grace, and David Pace’s wry bruised novel is accessible, revelatory, and startling. I was deeply moved.

  5. Catherine C. Peterson, Association of Mormon Letters

    As Riley Hartley struggles for peace and resolution we are carried through several universal themes that leave us with few answers and more questions. As I read the book so much was familiar. I grew up in Utah Valley and attended BYU contemporary with the setting of the story. Uncomfortable questions I have were brought up throughout. Parts of it felt edgy and irreverent, others exhilarating and vindicating. Don’t expect to read this book unscathed or untouched. The story is rife with the universal struggles between good and evil, sin and righteousness, culture and truth, strength and weakness, and dissonance between what we gain through experiential learning and rote imprinting. Thought provoking, and at times humorous and heart wrenching, “Dream House on Golan Drive” is a multi-layered and artfully presented story.

  6. Les Roka, The Utah Review

    In his marvelous short story American Trinity, David Pace brings to life the religious Mormon legend of the Three Nephites, an apocryphal tradition about ancient disciples whom LDS members claim have interceded and helped them in various situations. The scribe, Zedekiah, is debating a fellow disciple about their spiritual calling and the power of telling a story. Zedekiah says, “Maybe the reason people don’t try to solve their problems—to really transform—is that they sense that for you there’s nothing outside your silly standards. Not even their own experience, for heaven’s sake.”

    It is a subtle yet deeply devastating critique about modern Mormonism and church leaders who fail repeatedly to articulate a strange yet unique faith in humanist terms.

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