Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
Women -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Social conditions -- Fiction, Cults -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Fiction, Christianity -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Fiction
1 online resource (ii, 84 pages)
Two hundred years ago, a violent Christian extremist cult was excommunicated from their native Iceland. Now living in isolation on an island off the coast of Newfoundland, these Pilgrims defend their practice of child-marriage and widow burning as an integral part of worship. Sassa Jóhannsdottir is a 16-year-old member of the colony on the verge marrying a man--a virtual stranger--twice her age. Forced to watch the women of her community sacrifice their independence, happiness, and even their lives, Sassa seeks solace in relationships with her best friend Marta, her young ewe Fær, and the natural world. With Wifehood looming, Sassa must reckon with her faith, her societal role, and her alleged destiny.
Watson, Kathryn Borak, "Principia" (2019). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5125.