Claire Willett

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How the Light Gets In

Staged Reading, 2010 Fertile Ground New Play Festival

Winner, 2011 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Drama


After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Molly Fowler flees her past life for the only safe place she knows - Saint Gabriel Abbey, home of the Benedictine monks who once sheltered her mother. Reckless, self-destructive, with a knack for causing trouble, Molly is an unlikely monastery guest. She quickly makes an enemy of the ambitious Father John, who makes it a project to save her soul. Befriended by the monks who knew her mother, Molly learns some dark truths about her parents' history...while finding herself drawn into a deep and unsettling intimacy with Brother Magnus, the monastery librarian. But when her past, and her mother's, finally catch up with her, Molly's struggle to discover who she is - and who she might become - are violently threatened. This is a story of redemption, and one lost girl's winding and complex journey out of the darkness and into the light.