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Miss Jane: A Novel por Brad Watson
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Miss Jane: A Novel (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Brad Watson (Autor)

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"Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, he explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central "uses" for a woman in that time and place--namely, sex and marriage. From the country doctor who adopts Jane to the hard tactile labor of farm life, from the highly erotic world of nature around her to the boy who loved but was forced to leave her, the world of Miss Jane Chisolm is anything but barren. Free to satisfy only herself, she mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still."--Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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Título:Miss Jane: A Novel
Autores:Brad Watson (Autor)
Informação:Norton (2016), 304 pages
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Etiquetas:Women-Fiction, People with Disabilities-Fiction, Mississippi-Fiction, Southern Fiction

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Miss Jane por Brad Watson (2016)

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    Our Souls at Night por Kent Haruf (tangledthread)
    tangledthread: The books have a similar writing style. Also both books deal with themes of solitude and community.
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    Someone por Alice McDermott (tangledthread)
    tangledthread: Both books bear compassionate witness to the lives of women with both familial and physical struggles. There are similar themes as well beautiful prose.
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Very difficult for me to review this book, so hard to describe how powerful and beautiful I found it.(Beware- Reading a summary of the topic can be misleading!) The writing is lyrical, deep, and moving. The characters and sense of time and place are all well developed, this book sucked me into it's world. I think I will always remember Miss Jane. ( )
  carolfoisset | Nov 9, 2021 |
The death of this talented and empathetic writer will be deeply felt by all readers who loved his limited output. Miss Jane is based on the life of a relative of his who suffered from a malformation of her genitalia, a difficult subject to build a novel upon. But this deeply felt story is also a narrative of the Great Depression, of strained family ties, and of love and generosity. Jane's inoperable disability leaves her unable to have a sexual life, but she rises above it and beyond the cruelty of her mother and sister, aided by a compassionate family doctor and confidante. It's difficult to imagine how she achieves her equanimity, or wanting to read a book centered around such a hardship, but Watson manages to treat his character with the utmost respect and admiration. ( )
  froxgirl | Feb 24, 2021 |
This was such a unique story. I really liked how the clarification of Miss Jane's "issue" wasn't revealed until I read the Acknowledgements in the back of the book.

So sad this author has passed, and will no longer gift us with new stories. ( )
  DonnaEverhart | Sep 25, 2020 |
Different, but I came to really love the characters! And now. I miss them. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
Beautifully written novel, following the quiet and necessarily limited- yet content- life of a rural Mississippi woman.
Born in 1915 to a farming family, Jane Chisholm has major physical defects which, while not dangerous, will never allow her to control her incontinence. The early efforts to fit in- the prolonged fasts before any social event; the frequent dashing from the room, dousings with perfume - give way to a gradual acceptance that solitude is to be her lot, and a calm, dignified life alone.
Recommended. ( )
  starbox | Dec 1, 2018 |
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“Miss Jane,” however, takes Watson’s writing to new heights...The novel is not only a lovely character study but also looks at the dignity of rural lives, medicine in the early 20th century, and the joys and heartaches of being a parent.

“Miss Jane” is an especially timely novel for right now, when so much of our turmoil is dependent on how we view the Other, whether it be because of race, sexuality, religion, or where someone was born. It’s also a novel that thrums with beauty, melancholy, and desire.
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And he has shown, as few writers have, how wildness, in us and in our environment, can be deliverance. In his newest novel, “Miss Jane,” Watson’s facility with upending expectations and upsetting the lines between all sorts of categories — good and bad, normal and abnormal, pride and shame, love and hate — is at its keenest and applied most carefully....Yet the complexity and drama of Watson’s gorgeous work here is life’s as well: Sometimes physical realities expand us, sometimes trap; sometimes heroism lies in combating our helplessness, sometimes in accepting it. A writer of profound emotional depths, Watson does not lie to his reader, so neither does his Jane.
 
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This book is dedicated to the lost memory of my Great-Aunt
Mary Ellis "Jane" Clay,

to the beloved memory of my mother,
Bonnie Clay Watson Collins.

to her memories of my grandfather,
S.S. Clay,

and to my extraordinary in all ways wife,
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In time her gaunt, dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would be altered and sharpened by age, a visible sign of her difference, her independence, and a silent message to all that her presence in the world was impenetrable beyond a point of her own determination.
He took the narrow access road to Chisolm's farm, barely lit by stars and sheen of moonlight, through hushed and tunneled woodland, beside pastures silvered with an evening frost on the grass, waxing moonlight on them like blued silver dust, and down into the draw over the creek.
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She shook her head, like a horse pestered by a fly.
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"Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, he explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central "uses" for a woman in that time and place--namely, sex and marriage. From the country doctor who adopts Jane to the hard tactile labor of farm life, from the highly erotic world of nature around her to the boy who loved but was forced to leave her, the world of Miss Jane Chisolm is anything but barren. Free to satisfy only herself, she mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still."--Provided by publisher.

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