First–time novelist Donna M. Gershten was awarded the first
Bellwether Prize for Fiction for KISSING THE VIRGIN'S MOUTH.
Founded by novelist Barbara Kingsolver, the prize is intended to
support "a literature of social responsibility." But while KISSING
THE VIRGIN'S MOUTH can be read as a novel about the roles women are
expected to play in both Mexico and the United States, it is
perhaps less compelling as a social statement than it is as the
moving story of one woman engaged in a very personal