Saturday, August 16, 2014 |
In this emotional family drama, two sisters raised in a strict Jehovah's Witness household grow up grappling with questions about their isolated existence, their religious faith, and their family bonds. LoveGrove's novel is a gripping exploration of a controversial religion and the far-reaching consequences of "disfellowshipping" - the excommunication of family members who have failed to uphold the religion's moral standards.
"When I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said what everybody else said: a Full-Time Pioneer. That's what we were all supposed to be -- obedient brothers and sisters who spent all their time going from house to house, knocking on doors, spreading the Armageddon virus. The people would smile and nod in approval, at me, then at my parents, then back at me, their joyous, too-bright heads bobbing in a sea of Pharisees."
From: Watch How We Walk by Jennifer Lovegrove. Copyright © Jennifer LoveGrove, 2014. Published by ECW Press.