Miss Jane

Miss Jane

by Brad Watson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393241730
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 320,235
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brad Watson teaches 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.

Hometown:

Wyoming

Date of Birth:

July 24, 1955

Place of Birth:

Meridian, Mississippi

Education:

Meridian Junior College; B.A., Mississippi State University, 1978; M.F.A., University of Alabama, 1985

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Miss Jane 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This excellent historical fiction novel is more than a story of Miss Jane. The character development is outstanding - Miss Jane, her doctor, her father, her mother, Grace, and others. In addition, the setting and feel of the time period is essential in this well written novel. Don't be confused, this is more than a medical oddity. This is also about the farm, the wild creatures, and the people who lived in hard times. Highly recommended! This book deserves an A+++++++
Mirella More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was not what I was expecting at all. In fact, I even had my doubts, as I often do when a man writes from a woman's point of view. But Brad Watson surprised me on all accounts. This novel worked on so many levels. Based on the life of one of his distant relatives, he was able to write a tale so vivid, so emotional, so heart-wrenching, that at times it left me stunned. The main character is Jane Chisholm who is born with a defect. The author teases the reader by revealing tidbits of information pertaining to this rare defect little by little throughout the story. This kept me flipping pages because I needed to understand what this deformity was. The secondary characters who must deal with Jane have varying reactions to her - protectiveness, fear, love, and even abhorrance. Above all, it was Jane's innocence, her abiding inner strength, and genuine heart that fascinates and makes this book rise over others. And all this is set in rural and poor Mississippi in the early 1900's where life was never easy. This totally engrossing novel will keep book clubs talking for hours and hours because of its complexity, likeability, and the birth defect. Beautiful and poignant. I loved it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit http://www.historyandwomen.com.