Young Adult Literature
Funeral Home Evenings
Funeral Home Evenings continues the story of Kevin Kirk, a newly baptized
Latter-day Saint boy living in Arkansas with his mortician parents. Kevin's
problems are the usual ones of friendship, school, and family, though
admittedly more humorous than most: very few people have to try to retrieve
an escaped tarantula from a hideous floral arrangement before it's noticed
by the mourners or, worse, Mom and Dad.
But it's Kevin's struggle with humility that makes this novel stand out as great LDS young adult fiction.
In trying to impress a teacher with his love of biology, Kevin forgets that
even the most talented can still have a lot to learn, and this lesson comes
with a painful and shocking price.
Wiles's depiction of small-town life is witty at times, heartbreaking at others, and her characters are charming
without being caricatures. Underlying it all is a story about faith-about
having it, keeping it, and gaining it-that is a far better testimony of the
gospel than overt preaching could be. The Association for Mormon Letters is
proud to present this award for Young Adult Fiction to Funeral Home Evenings.