Best Novel of 2011, Association for Mormon Letters
Montaigne Medal Finalist
A dark comedy of murder, affairs, and cowboy mysteries in the shadow of the La Sal Mountains.
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An evolutionary ecologist at Brigham Young University, Steven L. Peck teaches the philosophy of biology. His scientific work has appeared in American Naturalist, Newsweek, Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Biological Theory, Agriculture and Human Values, Biology & Philosophy. Steven also co-edited a volume on environmental stewardship. His creative works include a novel, The Gift of the King’s Jeweler (2003 Covenant Communications). His poetry has appeared in Dialogue, Bellowing Ark, Irreantum, Red Rock Review and other magazines. Peck was nominated for the 2011 Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. Other awards include the Meyhew Short Story Contest, First Place at Warp and Weave, Honorable Mention in the 2011 Brookie and D.K. Brown Fiction Contest, and Second Place in the Eugene England Memorial Essay Contest. Peck is a graduate of Moab’s Grand County High. He lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Praise for The Scholar of Moab
“The tongue-in-cheek shenanigans of the main characters are irresistibly funny and poignant at the same time…”
—Phyllis Barber, author of And the Desert Shall Blossom
“It’s satire of the best sort: biting what it loves, snuggling up to what it hates.”
—Scott Abbott, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Director of Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University
“Steven Peck has imagined a world ever-so-slightly tweaked from this real one, but—well, why wouldn’t conjoined twins have an independent consciousness, bumblebees be more dependent on faith than wings, and Einstein sing German nursery rhymes? The Scholar of Moab explores the otherworld of nature, imagination, and mind.”
—Brooke Williams, author of Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness
“Steven Peck is a gift to the literary world, and The Scholar of Moab is a delight to all the senses and to the imagination.”
—Margaret Blair Young, author of Standing on the Promises
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