Courage and Culture Shock…
Author: Liz Stephens
As hard as it is to believe, aspiring writer Liz Stephens isn’t completely satisfied with her current career providing snacks on the set for a commercial production crew in Southern California. While sweating and toiling to make sure that the “Taco Bell people” are happy with their 30 second product, Stephens dreams of something more. Almost on a whim, she and her new husband pack up, leave Los Angeles behind, and courageously head to the remote mountains of northern Utah – at the other end of the cultural universe. Chaos, turmoil and heartbreak ensue as the author tells her story in The Days Are Gods.
Wellsville – home to about 3,000 upstanding, mostly Mormon, individuals – lies in the remote outskirts of Logan, Utah, which is home to Utah State University, where Stephens has been invited to pursue her Master’s degree and teach undergraduates. Having done her research, she’s not surprised that the “couple from California” is regarded with a combination of suspicion and curiosity by the Wellsville locals and she’s fully committed to make the effort necessary to try and fit in to her to her new and starkly different social world. Whether she actually succeeds is a complicated question, although she manages the wardrobe changes with considerable aplomb.