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“Settler’s Point,” began as a reimagining of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Set on an imagined religious commune in the Upper Midwest in the 1930s, the narrator is Anda, the preacher’s daughter. From its beginnings, the novel expanded into an exploration of the great American myths of pioneering, racial purity, and independence. Against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and rising KKK influence, “Settler’s Point” explores a community seemingly living outside of racial boundaries and yet founded on segregation and racial violence. My work scrutinizes the American desire to create “new” spaces and “new” means of existence. I examine how this pursuit of newness, which commits violence on existing cultures, also prioritizes the lie of racial and cultural purity.