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Miss Jane / Brad Watson.
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Picador, 2016.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781509834310 (hbk.) :
No. of reservations: 0
Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, Brad Watson 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 labour of farm life, from the sensual and 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 mesmerises those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.
Mississippi History 20th century Fiction.
This is a small gem with the most dignified main character I've ever encountered in fiction - a beautiful lesson in accepting and appreciating life whatever its hardships.