Title: WHAT REMAINS
Genre: Contemporary Middle Grade
Word Count: 32,000
Twelve-year-old Emily Pincus is half-Jewish, half-Mennonite, and the wrong half for both.
When Emily’s parents divorce, her mother takes her to live with her Mennonite grandparents. (Think coverings and no television, not horse & buggies and no electricity). While her family loves her, Emily feels like an outsider. It’s small consolation to be one of “God’s chosen people” when you don’t even know which Bible verse that comes from.
After Emily’s cousin says that her parents’ marriage was doomed to fail because only Christians can know true love, Emily sets out to scientifically prove her cousin wrong. She might not know Ishmael from Isaac, but she makes it her to goal to strictly follow all the rules in the Bible for being a loving person.
Being perfectly loving is easier said than done, however, especially with an annoying little brother, a needy friend at school, and a cousin who seems perpetually irritated with her. No matter how hard it is, though, Emily is determined to prove her cousin wrong because if she’s right, Emily’s prospects for a happy life are in jeopardy.
WHAT REMAINS is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret meets the Pennsylvania Dutch, in the format of Emily’s science experiment. The pitch for this novel recently won The Book Doctor’s Pitchapalooza held in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I am currently taking post-baccalaureate creative writing classes through the University of California, Berkeley, and I write for CBS Local’s Arts & Culture beat in Philadelphia.
A science experiment by Emily Pincus
PURPOSE OF EXPERIMENT
To prove I can be a nicer person than my cousin Anna.
To prove my cousin Anna is an idiot.
· To prove I can be a loving person.
Everyone knows that Jesus never stopped talking about love which means that if you’re Christian, you should be a more loving person. That doesn’t always seem to be the case, though. The world is full of nice non-Christians (case in point: me on a good day) and jerky Jesus freaks (case in point: Anna on a bad day). This project looks at whether it’s possible to be a loving person without being a mega-Christian. I, Emily Pincus, undertook this challenge over a 31-day period. Throughout the experiment I experienced successes and failures, but if you want to know more, you’ll have to keep reading
I was born half-Jewish, half-Mennonite, and the wrong half for both. See, in the Jewish faith you’re a Jew if your mom’s Jewish, but mine’s not—she’s Mennonite. Mennonites follow the father’s line, but my father isn’t Mennonite—he’s a Jew. That left me with too many religions, and yet not entirely enough.