The Shunning


Patrick Friesen

About the book

The story of one man struggling to express his personal views within a society that demands conformity.

Peter is trying to live a good life, a faithful life. When he begins to question the doctrine of his Mennonite church and his faith in general, he is ostracized from the community. A decree by the church forces his wife to abandon him if not in person, then in spirit. The strain of domestic and community pressures forces Peter deeper into isolation, but he still refuses to stop questioning.

Integrating dance, text and tragedy, The Shunning blends movement and spoken word that will carry you through a sea of emotions.


The Shunning tears heads off clichés, making us see a whole place freshly. It is a complete world, reeling and tilting but enduring.”
—Books in Canada

About the author

Patrick Friesen, formerly of Winnipeg, now lives on Vancouver Island. He writes poetry, drama, scripts, songs, text for dance and music, etc. Friesen has published more than a dozen books of poetry. He has also written two full-length plays staged at various theatres in Canada. Friesen was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 1997. He was also short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Award in BC in 1998, and again in 2003. In 1994 his book Blasphemer’s Wheel (Turnstone Press) won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award in Manitoba. He has collaborated with musicians Marilyn Lerner, Cate Friesen, and Big Dave McLean, and with dancers/choreographers Stephanie Ballard, Ruth Cansfield and Margie Gillis.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian
70pp 5.5 x 8.5 in