What a gripping book. I typically have trouble reading nonfiction, but I coudn't put this down. Ms. Johnson, the honesty and courage of your story and its telling are inspiring. While I was raised in a secular family, I found a lot to relate to in "An Unquenchable Thirst", as will other intelligent, dutiful girls and women who worry their looks make them unlovable. A particularly bright student of mine in an American literature survey course once observed that the dynamic the Puritans imagined between themselves and God resembles an abusive relationship, and I couldn't help but think of this as I read about the rigid hierarchy, orthodoxy, and seeming masochism of the Missionaries of Charity.
...From Melissa Strong. Melissa Strong is an English professor specializing in American literature and gender studies.