Miss Jane
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Miss Jane


Brings to life a forgotten woman and a lost world in a Southern pastoral.

Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, 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 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.

Title:Miss Jane
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:279 pages

    Miss Jane Reviews

  • Diane S ?
    Jun 16, 2016

    Third book I have given five stars to in the past week, so....... either I am getting sentimentally sappy (which I don't believe for a minute) or (there are some awfully good books being published), y...

  • Dem
    Jan 07, 2017

    Beautifully written - a story that is quietly intriguing and inspiring. This is a novel where the characters will take hold of you and you will have great difficulty letting go of them by the end of ...

  • Karen
    Jun 18, 2016

    Oh this quiet little book, drawing upon the life of the author's great aunt. Jane, born in rural, early twentieth century Mississippi, who was born with a genital defect, was so good. It was sad, that...

  • Sue
    May 30, 2016

    Miss Jane is the story of Miss Jane Chisholm, born in early 20th century Missisippi, in a very rural setting, with birth defects, genital birth defects, that will affect her entire life. The local doc...

  • Perry
    Oct 12, 2016

    A Love BirdA Simply Superb Novel"A little girl, I believe," Dr. Thompson pronounced. Brad Watson set the mood perfectly by showing rather than telling about this 1915 baby delivery in a small farmhous...

  • Diane Barnes
    Jun 03, 2016

    This is my favorite type of book, a quiet and contemplative novel of the life of a woman born in 1915 in rural Mississippi. Jane was born with a "defect" that was not fixable at that time in medical h...

  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    Aug 03, 2016

    Confession time: I picked this one up because of the cover. I do that sometimes. Who could resist that peacock? It's an exciting method of book selection because I read novels I would have never consi...

  • Linda
    Jan 04, 2017

    This book quietly and tenderly tip-toed into my heart. It introduced me to each character so vividly that I felt like I was standing among them. I found myself so engaged that my reading pace slowed d...

  • Sam
    Jan 12, 2017

    She understood somehow that she was lucky in her special way to love these events without the complicated, pressing question of physical love, to absorb life from the center and its periphery at once...

  • Robin
    Feb 21, 2017

    Life is not fair in that way or any other way. We are who and what we are. This is a beautiful, meditative book about how one woman's physical differences create a separateness and life-long alonenes...