- “A Surefire Recipe for Unassailable Faith, Involving Four Judgments and a Vegetable Analogy,” Hotel Amerika, Fall 2010 (Volume 9, Number 1). A short essay in which I give my own homecooked recipe for getting faith and intellectual integrity to cohere. [NB: The publication process takes a very, very long time. When I wrote this, I was still a housewife who spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Now I’m a divorced working single mom who, alas, rarely sees the kitchen.]
- “The Economy of Souls,” Jabberwock Review Summer 2010 (Volume 31.1). A long essay whose central question is what meaning the concept of a body-soul divide could have for a modern, secular, thinking person.
- “Farzad, Son of Glory,” Bayou 2010 (Issue 53). Memoir about a couple of Iranian political asylees I met while I was an exchange student in Germany. This essay was listed as a Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays 2011.
- “Smug Married Advice to the Single,” Ducts.org, Winter 2009 (Issue 24). A humor piece giving “dating advice,” with a little help from Socrates, Kierkegaard, and chaos theory. [I’m contemplating a follow-up article, “Smug Divorced Advice to the Married.”]
- My translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Liebes-Lied” from the German was set to music in a choral work by the very talented American composer Giselle Wyers, published in June 2009 by Santa Barbara Music. You can listen to the piece here.
- “Art and Human Sacrifice,” Adirondack Review, Winter 2008 (Vol IX, No. 4). Essay exploring the relationship between art, ethics, and suffering. Kind of an indirect artist’s manifesto, calling for “art that is as cheerful at its source as it is thoughtful or profound, art that proceeds from a fundamentally sane and humane worldview.” That’s what I generally aim for in my writing, although sadly I didn’t pull it off very well in this piece.
Self-Published via Strange Violin Editions
- A Lost Argument: A Latter-Day Novel. The summer after her freshman year at all-Mormon Brigham Young University, Marguerite Farnsworth falls in love with philosophy by way of falling in love with an atheist philosophy student. Her search for Truth (with a capital T), God, the meaning of life, and a boyfriend leads her away from religious belief, but along the way she learns there are are things even atheists can have faith in. 6×9 trade paperback, $14.00, 260 pages. E-book $4.99.
Blasphemous! — Hemant Mehta, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes
I found this book with its portrayal of the stark realities of relationships and the challenges of existence a clear-eyed examination of some of life’s most difficult questions. What I loved most about the book was that it did not shy away from going more deeply into philosophy than about any book I can remember since The Elegance of the Hedgehog. It follows a path that ranges from Kierkegaard to the Marquis de Sade … it’s clear that the author understands the existential difficulties of a faith journey. — Steven L. Peck, author of The Scholar of Moab
[A Lost Argument] defies exclusive categorization … I think anyone who has progressed from a ‘simple’ view of faith to an increasingly complex and nuanced view of faith through critical study of philosophy, theology, and the scriptures would find something to appreciate in A Lost Argument … Mormon or not, theist or not, anyone who advocates for the liberal arts and its capacity to develop and sharpen a person’s thinking should read this novel. — Irresistible (Dis)Grace
Marguerite transforms and matures (fitfully and awkwardly, at times) through a dialogue not only with the other living characters, but with the conflicting parts of herself, and with writers and philosophers dead and gone whose ideas still live on. — Wheat and Tares
[A] realistic and heartfelt portrait of the ups and downs of life and love for young people who don’t fit the perfect Mormon mold. — Main Street Plaza: A Community for Anyone Interested in Mormonism
This is a great book for discussion. Philosophy and faith are difficult topics to write about and sometimes harder to read. Therese [Doucet] did a wonderful job. — Goodreads
Unpublished Projects – Fiction
- The Kerioth Assassin (current project)
Historical novel about the life of Judas Iscariot. STATUS: About 42,000 words into the first rough draft.
- What They Sought in the Sea
When a young woman washes up bruised and naked on the shore of a nineteenth-century fishing village in Northern France, a local family takes her in. They and their neighbors find their lives disrupted as they try to solve the mystery of the otherworldly stranger’s origins. Historical fiction with magical realist elements (c. 105,000 words). STATUS: Revising under my agent’s direction for submission to publishers.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays: A Novel
In a retro-futuristic society of coal-mining slaves, a 19-year-old girl forms an unlikely friendship with a grieving middle-aged man exiled from another group of slaves for committing a crime of passion. For them the question becomes not whether they can escape the slave camp into the unknown world beyond, but whether they want to. (Complete at 65,000 words, dystopian fiction.) STATUS: Shelved.