Donna Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. Her nonfiction books for adults include, most recently, Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on Americas College Campuses (Oxford), based on a national study about the influence of sexuality and romantic relationships on the spiritual identities of Americas college students. Her follow up title is called The End of Sex (Basic Books, 2013). She is also a devoted fan of the celebrated British childrens author Philip Pullman, and her book about the religious and ethical dimensions of his award-winning trilogy Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullmans Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials (Jossey-Bass/Wiley) hit the bookshelves in the middle of a major, national controversy about the release of the trilogys first movie installment.
Much of her writing, teaching, and lecturing centers around struggles of belonging and alienation with regard to faith, particularly among young adults and especially with regard to young women. She loves to ask Big Questions and delights in discovering the many possible forums in which to dabble with the stuff of faith, religion, spirituality, and gender. This attitude accounts for her venture into the world of fiction, the publication of her novel, The Possibilities of Sainthood (Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux) about a fifteen-year-old girl who aspires to become the first official living saint in Catholic history.
A regular contributor to The Washington Post/Newsweeks online panel On Faith, the religion webzine Beliefnet, and Publishers Weekly, she has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Christian Century, and School Library Journal, and she has appeared as a commentator on NPRs All Things Considered. Her books also include Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us and Save the Date: A Spirituality of Dating, Love, Dinner & the Divine.
Born in Rhode Island where The Possibilities of Sainthood is set, Donna received her Ph.D. in Religion from Catholic University, and she's a non-resident senior fellow at Education Sector, a think-tank in Washington, DC. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Barcelona.
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An essay by Donna Frietas in which she discusses her first novel, The Possibilities of Sainthood.
Italians never tell a story in a straight line. Its because they like to talk so much. Digressions are the hallmarkWait, youre telling me I never told you about the time your grandmothers brother Geista showed up in a long black limo to the wedding and your aunt thought he was in the Mafia? Before I can go any further Ive gotta tell you that one
The longer the story, the more reason to keep sipping that glass of wine or cup of espresso and eating more of that yummy sfogliatelle. And hands, always big, dramatic gestures with the hands.
If you could see Antonia Lucia Labella talkshed be gesticulating wildly. Always.
Growing up, my favorite stories of all were the ones that my mother, Concetta Lucia, and my grandmother, Amalia, used to tell about the two enormous fig trees behind the familys Italian marketGoglias (its still open, in Bristol, RI)where my mother spent her youth in the tiny apartment above the store. I never tired of her stories about how she got in trouble for plucking the biggest, juiciest figs for herself, and especially about how ...
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