Daughters of the Sun (Excerpted)

Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department or Program

Graduate Humanities

Department or Program Chair

Joan Baranow, PhD

First Reader

Thomas Burke, MFA

Second Reader

Gay Lynch, PhD


“You have never heard of me before. You have never heard of me, but my name has come out of your mouth thousands of times.” So begins my novel, Daughters of the Sun, the story of Jesus’s twin sister, Alleluia. Using the narrative framework seen in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Alleluia tells her story over one night in an appropriated apartment facing a church. She weaves into her story another tale of women who have lived in shadows cast by the men around them, women whom history chose to vilify—Lilith, Adam’s first wife who was written out of the Bible; Mary the “Virgin” Mother; and Mary Magdalene. This is the Gospel they didn’t want you to know. This is the Gospel she has been waiting two thousand years to tell.

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