No Going Back

A Coming-of-Age Novel About What It Means to Be Teenage, Mormon — and Gay

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A gay teenage Mormon growing up in western Oregon in 2003. His straight best friend. Their parents. A typical LDS ward, a high-school club about tolerance for gays, and a proposed anti-gay-marriage amendment to the state constitution. In No Going Back, these elements combine in a coming-of-age story about faithfulness and friendship, temptation and redemption, tough choices and conflicting loyalties.


“ A home run exploring these issues. Langford captures many of the things I have personally felt as I have navigated these waters.”
— Rex Goode, social worker and webmaster for Latter-Day Sexual Recovery


“ Abiding by Mormonism’s high standards challenges all its faithful adherents. Coping with one’s besieged status as a young gay is no less difficult. What if you are both at the same time? Like no other work I know, Langford’s frank and poignant novel brings this real-life impasse into bold relief.”
— Thomas F. Rogers, playwright and BYU professor emeritus


“ The narrative opens some of our deepest concerns, and the prose makes us glad to be there.”
— Steven C. Walker, BYU professor

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