Folklorist Eric A. Eliason recently asked, "Will written personal narratives become the literary genre through which Mormons most contribute to world literature, as some have suggested?" If all Latter-day Saint autobiographers possessed Effie Carmack's gift for storytelling, the answer might be yes. Beyond her autobiography's value as a personal narrative, the editors suggest that "Effie Carmack's preservation and celebration of folkways may be her most significant contribution."
Effie Marquess Carmack (1885–1974) began composing her autobiography in the mid-1940s and finished in 1973, shortly before her death. She wrote, "I wanted to leave something of value to my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren—and this seemed better than riches, of which I have none anyway." Reading her prose is almost like hearing her stories by the fireside.