Riding in the Shadows of Saints
From the book jacket of Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail:
This is the story of Jana Richman’s journey on a motorcycle across the Mormon Trail in search of her roots and an understanding of the faith that brought peace to five generations of women before her.
Written with searing candor and a beguiling lack of sentimentality, Riding in the Shadows of Saints is rich in history and detail regarding the origins beliefs, rituals, and social mores of the Mormon culture. Richman, born into the Mormon Church but no longer a member, explores the meaning of faith and the perils of middle-age motorcycling with equal aplomb.
Traveling blue highways into the nation’s heartland, visiting graveyards, chatting with missionaries, and soaking in the rituals of the faith she so casually shrugged off as a teenager, Richman begins to unravel her family’s mysteries and confront her own long-held prejudices about the Mormon Church.
Praise for Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcyling the Mormon Trail
“Well crafted, intimate, and engaging: an unorthodox rite of passage with ruminations on faith, feminism, and more.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Beautifully poetic . . . exploratory . . . thought-provoking.” –New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Tartly funny.” —Chicago Tribune
“Universally compelling.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Surprising and refreshing.” –Philadelphia Inquirer
News and reviews of Riding in the Shadows of Saints:
- Entertainment Weekly – Riding in the Shadows of Saints
- New York Times – Riding in the Shadows of Saints’ by Jana Richman
- Jana Richman appears on PBS, The Mormons: PBS: The Mormons