Only Begotten Daughter
is a 1990 fantasy novel
written by James Morrow
, setting the stage for his later Godhead Trilogy
. The book shared the 1991 World Fantasy Award
with Ellen Kushner
's Thomas the Rhymer
. It was also nominated for the Nebula Award
for Best Novel
in 1990 and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
The story is about Julie Katz, the Messiah
who is the daughter of God, who is spontaneously conceived from a sperm bank
donation. Julie struggles with her messianic powers, the mind games of Satan
, being hunted by fundamentalists
, and the silence of her mother, God.
This novel is a counter-theodicy similar to the Godhead Trilogy. Also, Only Begotten Daughter refers to God as a female throughout the entire book, possibly producing a jarring effect for some readers.