Franklin Freeman is a stay-at-home dad of four who lives in Saco, Maine. He grew up in Texas, Connecticut and California, received a BA in English from Texas A&M and an MA in English from Northeastern University. His book reviews have appeared in America Magazine, Boston Book Review, Bloomsbury Review, Commonweal, First Things (online), Gilbert, The Literary Review, Touchstone, and Weekly Standard, among others. His poetry has appeared in The Aroostook Review, New York Quarterly and Tiger’s Eye. A short story of his is forthcoming in St. Katherine’s Review.
Mouchette is one of those gem-like short novels such as Death in Venice, Wiseblood, and The Old Man and the Sea. Fanny Howe, a Catholic poet and novelist, introduces it by first reflecting on the black and white foreign films she saw at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she grew up.
The European Catholicism those films portrayed “was passionate and earthy,” unlike the “Jansenist and stern” Irish American church she was used to. Some of the films she saw were directed by the French auteur, Robert Bresson, also a Catho...
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