Wednesday, August 21, 2013

i'm a lover, i'm a sinner.

Hanna Pylvainen's novel We Sinners is more than just your average fiction. It reflects this author's own childhood as she tells the story of the Rovaniemi family which consists of parents, Warren and Pirjo, and their nine children who are members of an extremely conservative church, and adheres firmly to its restrictive beliefs. The Rovaniemi children are forbidden to have any contact with modern entertainment, no World of Warcraft raid nights, no Honey Boo Boo, nada. The kids of the house must share clothing, bath water, and beds, leaving no room for individuality. Women are expected to marry and have large families and as you can imagine, birth control is prohibited (ain't nobody got time for that). As with most hardcore conservative families, the Rovaniemi's walls of Jericho come tumbling down when different members begin asserting themselves, resulting in a bit of a rebellion. We are talkin' all the good sins; sexual promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, running away from home, and questioning everything that they have ever been told to believe. All the Rovaniemi's who independent, throw your hands up at me!

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