Bad Mormon: A Memoir

Gallery. Feb. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781982199531. $28.99. MEMOIR
Gay ranks as one of the most popular stars of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Her charismatic personality shines on the TV show. That same charm is also abundantly evident in her memoir. In 30 short chapters, readers get to know Gay in ways that her TV audience didn’t and likely never could. The author portrays herself as a hardworking missionary who occasionally goes against expectations. The book shows her pain of once being stuck in a marriage that was more of an obligation than a pleasure. The work notably documents the emotions and trauma she endured when she left a religion, the Church of Latter-day Saints, that had formed much of her identity. She now sparkles as a savvy, smart businesswoman. Perhaps most importantly, her constant love as a mother of three daughters is foregrounded.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of the show, of course. This memoir will also appeal to readers who enjoy reading about women successfully navigating adulthood and motherhood.
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