…. As a narrator, Freeman’s voice is direct and distanced, recounting the encompassing collective of her family and LDS neighbors, while examining the repressed sexuality of a patriarchal culture. She describes her younger self as a wild girl in love with horses, who is surprised by an early encounter with the significance of making art.
Writing in The Chicago Tribune, Julia M. Klein calls the book a “tender, unspectacular coming-of-age memoir,” which is a tribute to the writer’s steady hand, as the outline of Freeman’s life is decidedly dramatic.
“The Latter Days” tells the unlikely story of how a naive, parochial Ogden girl falls into an early marriage and pregnancy, and along the way, finds herself conducting a longtime affair with a worldly married surgeon, her son’s doctor. Just as influential is the lifelong affair she begins with literature, which determines her course toward becoming a writer.