religion, gender roles

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On This Star by Virginia Sorensen and Maria Chapdeliane by Louis Hemon are novels about the struggle for truth in insular communities where life is pervaded by religion. Sorensen's novel is set in the Latter day Saint town of Templeton, Utah, during the inter-War period. Hemon's plot unfolds around the turn of the century in the deeply Catholic territory of Lake St. John in northern Quebec. Although distant from one another in time and place, these novels are similar not only in the characters ad lifestyles they portray, but in the common archetypal patter they follow.