Start reading Closing Circles:Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Closing Circles:Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment [Kindle Edition]

Ronald B. Scott
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $4.99

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $4.99  
Paperback --  
Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

Closing Circles is a rollicking, brutally candid novel of a young Mormon journalist’s attempt to liberate himself from a failed marriage and the confounding influences of his religious culture and family.

New York journalist Jedediah Pratt Russell is the victim of an inexplicable divorce. A loving father, a dutiful bread-winner, a sensitive lover—he’d given Sarah everything. Except himself. When Sarah stuns him with divorce papers after a night on the town, Jed finally abides Sarah’s insistence on psychiatric help, hoping it will mend whatever’s broken

Instead, his experience with Dr. “Quack Quack” Rosenbaum prompts Jed to seriously pursue the autobiographical novel that’s been gnawing at him for years, and through it to confront all the simmering issues that plague his life: his relationship with his father-in-law, a serial polygamist with a mysterious disease; Jed’s record-setting missionary work and love-hate relationship with Church doctrine; a secret tryst with an old flame right up to her marriage to Jed’s distant cousin; and his fascination with marriage and polygamy.

With the confidence of Rebe, the “way, way too young” assistant to Quack Quack, Jed finds himself spinning back into the Mormon heritage he’d left behind decades ago, and into the heart of Utah, where the many open circles in Jed’s life converge in startling ways.

Unabashed and revealing, Jed’s story in Closing Circles is a Rothian exploration of obsessions, family history, religion, and unfinished business—an exploration that will make Jed reconsider everything he’s ever believed about marriage, divorce, faith, and himself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1399 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Gray Dog Press (January 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073KBXNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into Mormons, and people in general December 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a fun read. Mr. Scott writes in an unusual style that makes great use of humor and self deprecation. While the story is built around Mormons and Mormonism, the emotions of the characters are not unique to Mormons. I particularly identified with the characters and emotions because I grew up in a Mormon family and attended BYU. I became a "Jack Mormon" when I was asked to go on a mission while attending BYU. I had many of the same questions and issues with Mormonisn as those that Jed wrestled with. This is a fun book to read due to Mr. Scott's humor and style. I have recommended it to my friends; both Mormons and non Mormons.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb October 26, 2012
Wow. Great read. Couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Jed Russell, clearly has a deep and profound love for his upbringing, yet struggles in so many ways with aspects of Mormonism. I'm not sure that this kind of book has ever been written about the Mormon church. The issue of Mormonism is weirdly divisive. It's either "on the straight and narrow path" or it's anti-Mormon. Scott spins a yarn that might be closer to reality, even if not ideal. My guess is most Mormons, whether they believe everything or not, find their own actions and beliefs to be similar to those of Jed's struggles, on at least a couple of levels. Well done, and oddly very relatable to those not of the Mormon faith. It's also an interesting and informative commentary on some of Mormonisms skeletons.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one mormon's journey June 30, 2012
While reading Closing Circles, I was able to see how people could have a hard time with aspects of the Mormon church. The main character, Jed, who was raised in a traditional Mormon home, struggles to fit in with a faith in which he believes, and yet questions it's authorities - leaving him feeling incomplete. While accompanying Jed on his journey through life attempting to `close circles,' one may view him as pompous and arrogant, but under all the big words and inflated ego is an insecure young man seeking to find a place to belong in a church he has uncertainties about. Watching him struggle and come to terms with himself, as well as his religious quandaries is an interesting journey to follow.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, poignant and relatable June 2, 2012
I wasn't sure how I would feel about what I thought was an exclusively Mormon novel when I started reading Closing Circles. About a quarter of the way in I was completely invested in the protagonist, Jed, and his personal struggles outlined by often hilarious and gripping anecdotes. This novel is incredibly honest and relatable. Anyone who has struggled with relationships and spirituality and doesn't mind facing the often painful realities of these situations will love this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a slice of pi February 13, 2012
By WBDover
Format:Kindle Edition
author ron scott pulls the reader into the circumference of his main character jed russells inner circle from page one of this vivid detailed and embellished first novel about a frustrated writer who lives to write a novel based on his story of growing up mormon. the level of detail and tantalizing stories will pull the reader right in. for anyone who loved the hbo series this is fully intreatment with dr. quack quack counseling his mormon divorced journalist wanting to turn best selling novel writing patient. a great read that would make a great movie.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews

More About the Author

Ronald Bruce Scott is an American journalist and author. His a biography of Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney --"Mitt Romney: An inside look at the man and his politics"-- was published in November 2011 by the Lyons Press imprint of Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, CT. The biography has has received significant media attention and, in the process, Scott has become a regular commentator on the 2012 Presidential Elections in The United States.

His first novel -- "Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment"-- was released in late January 2012 by Gray Dog Press in Spokane, Washington ties into the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections. The working titles and projected release dates of the remaining novels in what the author has characterized as the "Mormon Quad" or the "Pratt Pentalogy" are as follows: "The Mending: A life too well remembered (late 2012/early 2013); "Finding Faith: a girl, her father and the rub of the green (late 2013);"Quad Pratt: Prince of New England, Lord of Star Valley" and "Leaving West Perish (2014)."

Born in Salt Lake City (October 4, 1945), the eldest of eight children, Scott was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England (1965-67). He studied journalism at the University of Utah while working as a reporter for both of the city's daily newspapers, "The Salt Lake Tribune" and "The Deseret News" (now "The Deseret Morning News"). He joined United Press International in 1970 before accepting a position with Time, Inc. in New York City, where he reported and wrote for all of its magazines "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Life" and "Money" and was part of the small start-up editorial team that founded successful People Magazine in 1974.

He lives near Boston, Massachusetts with his wife. He is the father of three sons and two daughters, and grandfather to three granddaughters.


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category