Woman-Be Quiet (coming soon)
The memoir is set in a Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and told in counseling with the Abbot, a former jazz musician and Jungian analyst. The protagonist is trying to find her soul in the mire of organized religion. She has tried repeatedly to find a spiritual home in her church. She sees how every religion treats women as unequal. She is frustrated and saddened by what she understands is the rejection of the daughters of Eve. This treatment leaves the entire world unbalanced.
I was told the day I was born to Be Quiet. The command has been repeated too often in my life. I was schooled from an early age as a Virgin -Martyr to accept humiliating and unjust treatment. The most curious part of this tradition is that many of the girls and their families in the continuing program are happy to conform. As I drifted off the path I became, as they say, “difficult.” The fact that I received an “F” in Religion my senior year of high-school is a clue to the degree of my derailment.
In Woman Be Quiet-A Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Spirit, I, like Kathleen Norris in Cloister Walk, Sue Monk Kidd in The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, and Carol Flinders in Enduring Grace, question the place of women in society and institutionalized religion. In The Death of Adam, Marilynne Robinson states that the prevailing view of things can be wrong. Woman-Be Quiet reflects that view.
More women are speaking up, others are trying to find their voice. Those of us who have endured this belittling experience, and acknowledge it, believe we are alone. The story emphatically says, no, you are not alone. There is a doorway out of this, you can heal yourself. I offer hope to the “difficult” women and the “ Unquiet Women” with this story.