Miss Jane

Brad Watson (Author)
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Description

Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson has been expanding the literary traditions of the South in work as melancholy, witty, strange, and lovely as any in America. Drawing on the true story of his great-aunt, he explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that excludes her from the roles traditional for a woman of her time and place and frees her to live her life as she pleases. With irrepressible vitality and generosity of spirit, Miss Jane mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 11, 2017
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393354386
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About the Author

Brad Watson (1955--2020) taught creative writing at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His first collection, Last Days of the Dog-Men, won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts & Letters; his first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Reviews

A story worth telling even as it breaks your heart.--Amy Brady
An exceptionally well written book. The prose was beautiful and the novel had a gentleness about it...I loved this book for its simplicity and would highly recommend it.--Meredith Kelly
A well-written portrait of a person whose rich inner life outstrips the limits of her body.
[Jane's] fearless acceptance of what sets her apart is profoundly human, and her lifelong struggle to understand her place in the world reflects the intricate workings of our own mysterious hearts.--Gina Webb
As Watson arcs through the story of Jane's life in sensitive, beautifully precise prose, we are both absorbed and humbled.
Watson has done something extraordinary here. This is not grit-lit...But it is Southern literature, nevertheless: fresh, new, without cliché. Watson may be our best.-- (07/12/2016)