Just Doll

Just Doll

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by Janice Daugharty
     
 

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"Daugharty does a fine job of demonstrating how ordinary men and women are affected, in unpredictable ways, by race, poverty and geography and by the enduring legacy of important historical moments."

People Magazine

She is only seventeen when she marries into a world of privilege, mystery, heartache and passion . . .

Doll Baxter is barely grown when she weds

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"Daugharty does a fine job of demonstrating how ordinary men and women are affected, in unpredictable ways, by race, poverty and geography and by the enduring legacy of important historical moments."

People Magazine

She is only seventeen when she marries into a world of privilege, mystery, heartache and passion . . .

Doll Baxter is barely grown when she weds wealthy older landowner Daniel Staten in order to save her family's impoverished farm in post-Civil War Georgia. Over the decades that follow, Doll and Daniel struggle to resolve the tensions between them. Both are strong-willed; both are rooted to the fertile southern soil. The twists and turns of their lives together influence the fates of many around them, both black and white.

"It seemed that people were just passing through only long enough for you to get to loving them, then gone as if they never were, or were somebody you had dreamed up for the sole purpose of bringing suffering. Love was dangerous suddenly; a child or husband might be with you one day and gone the next and leave you gnawing on the corner of your pillow to keep from crying out questions in the middle of the night. Then morning, there was always morning."

Janice Daugharty's 1997 novel, EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT (HarperCollins), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of seven acclaimed novels and two short story collections. She serves as writer-in-residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Tifton, Georgia.

Visit the author at www.janicedaugharty.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611942125
Publisher:
BelleBooks
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Just Doll 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janice Daugharty, whose many novels and stories have featured conflicted characters trodding Georgia's pine-and-wiregrass terrain, has ventured into a new area, the historical novel. She writes with a blazing pen filled with compelling descriptions of post-Civil War turpentine plantations and the tumultuous household of Doll and Daniel Staten. She tells a story with the believability that comes from intense research tempered with the craftsman's eye for plot and suspense. You'll be pulled along by unpredictable characters and more plot twists than a burned hog!
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Janice Daugharty Published By: Hushion House Publishing Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Just Doll" By Janice Daugharty was a well written historical fiction with a good plot along with a very strong heroine. The setting was from Georgia in the late 1800's. Doll Baxter is a seventeen year old who lives with her mother and sister and are having a hard time a just struggling to make a living. Daniel Staten who is a wealthy neighbor has proposed to Doll and she will refuse. When he offer to pay her family's mortgage and back taxes along with supporting her mother and sister...Doll gives this some thought and know she can't refuse. She come up with a list of conditions and marries...Now, I will stop here and say you must pick up "Just Doll" and get the reminder of this lovely story as Doll falls in love with Daniel only to find out ....well you can get it from the good read. This author did a good job at "demonstrating the hardships faced by southern people after the Civil War" and will touch of such issues of 'racial issues, extreme poverty, and the plight of women.' I found this a very interesting read and I would recommend this as a good read.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Just Doll is a novel set in an impoverished area of southern Georgia in the 1800’s. The main industry for inhabitants of this area is the extraction of turpentine from the surrounding woods.  Seventeen year old Doll Baxter lives with her widowed mother and sister on a mortgaged farm upon which they struggle to make a living. A very wealthy neighbor named Daniel Staten comes calling and proposes to Doll, but she refuses him. When Daniel offers to pay off the family mortgage and back taxes and support her mother and sister, Doll knows she cannot refuse. She gives Daniel a long list of conditions including having her own bedroom and the ability to return home whenever she wants. As time passes, Doll begins to fall in love with Daniel, but when she discovers his philanderer of the worst sort, cavorting with whores and mistresses, Doll leaves him, eventually demanding her own home to raise their children.  The author has done a commendable job in demonstrating the hardships faced by southern people after the Civil War. The novel touches upon racial issues, extreme poverty, and the plight of women. The story spans several decades and takes the reader through adversities faced by the couple. It is a peak into a time in history where there was true suffering and hardships faced.  A stunning narrative and compelling characters make this a fascinating read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are exposed truths of our human frailties in each Janice Daugharty novel that linger. JUST DOLL does not disappoint! Daugharty's prose - astonishing, colloquial and filled with all the details of living - immerse you in the post-confederate world of Doll Baxter Staten's South Georgia. And characters like the land they cleave: fiercely independent, gleaned by circumstance and the times, burnished by grace. Daugharty's southern pines don't whisper, they tell their story straight out with a specific poetry. Like a country homily. The unexpected ending leaving you to figure your own position in the world of such things. And anxious for the next tale to emerge from Daugharty's deep woods.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters in Janice Daugharty¿s JUST DOLL negotiate the quaking terrain of their individual heartbreaks and integrity with the same attractive humanity that they apply to meeting the daily challenges of life in the rural South of years past. Daugharty¿s brave modern journey into the sweeping ebb and flow of southern women¿s lives began with her seductively brilliant novel DARK OF MOON in 1994 and readers have been humming to the rhythm of her keyboard ever since. The bad news about JUST DOLL is that it ends at only 266 pages. The far better news is that this is the first volume of a trilogy. As in her previous works, these pages sing with the miraculous voice of an angelic solitary witness as dedicated to truth and beauty as any writer in modern letters. The song at times burns with barely endurable unrepentant pain but the reward of listening is never anything less than healing joy. With 7 novels and a collection of short stories under her belt (or should one say skirt?) Daugharty is a writer with whom one can spend long summer days and cool cozy winter nights falling in love over and over again. Aberjhani author of ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE and STRENGTH TO CARRY ON
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just Doll takes place in rural Georgia in the late 1800s, as the South picks up the pieces of its shattered way of life. Seventeen-year-old Doll Baxter lives on the family farm with her sister, Bathsheba (who goes by Sheba) and their mother, and the three women struggle to keep the homestead from being repossessed by the bank. At 17, Doll already knows that she¿s coveted by the men of the county - most significantly by Daniel Staten, the region¿s most eligible bachelor who¿s rich and twice her age. When Daniel tells Doll he wants to marry her, she scoffs ¿ but he sweetens the deal by offering to pay off the mortgage on the family farm. Doll eventually marries Daniel, who whisks her off to his Staten Bay Plantation. It¿s only 30 miles away, but by the end of the horse-drawn carriage ride, even the readers have dust in their mouths are frankly suffering from some motion sickness. For it¿s here that Janice Daugharty is at her best, giving us long descriptive passages that place us at the scene: Ancient live oaks on the other side of the road were hung with smoky tatters of moss, sheer as lace in the afterlight of sundown. It¿s indicative of a love affair of sorts ¿ Daugharty¿s relationship with this place where she was born and raised. Nothing pleases her more than to pay it homage, and her ability to do so has the effect of making her a scene-painter for her very own literary production. But it¿s not the book¿s only love story. Doll begins to fall for her dashing husband ¿ it doesn¿t take her long to grow fond of the consummation part ¿ but faces disappointment and fury when he refuses to curb his single-guy ways. Will she still love him? Will he love her back? Do his muscles ripple when he stands naked in front of the glowing fireplace? Okay, this is the romance part ¿ and while the characters of Just Doll aren¿t nearly as complex as those in her other novels, they¿re no less intriguing, particularly the stubborn and beautiful Doll, who refuses to be any man¿s fool. Daugharty based Doll on her own grandmother, a fact that deepens the novels relevance. Romance novels can be fun escapist literature ¿ but to consider that the stories are rooted in history and reflect human experiences of the time lends them a significant credibility. Just Doll is labeled as the first of the Staten Bay Trilogy. The next two novels, Daugharty says, will take us into modern times ¿ but she has a history of demonstrating that the more things change, the more they stay the same. A hundred years may pass, but folks still offer guests iced tea on the front porch, the full moon still casts long lonesome shadows on the dirt roads, and stubborn young girls still make choices that shape the direction of their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doll Baxter, a feisty, full of spunk, spirit, and charm, 17-year-old woman sets out to save her family¿s farm and ends up with more than she bargained for in Janice Daugharty¿s latest novel. The skillful Daugharty with her masterful paintbrush pen captures the essence of the rural South in this historical fiction set in South Georgia shortly after ¿The War.¿ The novel captures with breathtaking vitality the young married life of Doll and Daniel Staten, all the while unraveling one of the finest Southern family sagas and creating stunning narrative voices. This novel, Daugharty¿s finest literary work, has everything¿plot, suspense, authenticity, compelling characters, and more.