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Miss Jane
Miss Jane | Brad Watson
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. Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, he 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."
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tricours
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Mellow and beautiful. Perhaps not suited for everyone since it just breaks all rules about how you are supposed to construct a compelling story — and never gives the reader what he/she wants.

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tricours
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I made my own Crème de cassis so lots of Kirs from now on!

Erofan 😃👍 1y
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Scithighs
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Mehso-so

Ok I said I would return with a report on my incontinent book. It really wasn't bad for a book about a woman with a genetic disorder, the author has an amazing knack for character descriptions. I just have to giggle at the thought of his proposal to the publisher yeah the book is about a woman who lives with incontinence her whole life. Good writing but I finished and went MEH.

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brindille
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My review on Goodreads was apparently controversial because I dared to say that the main character was too passive, too dependant on other people and that she resigns herself to a bland life without a fight... I stand by those opinions.

BookishMe While I don't share your views, I don't see anything controversial about your conclusions. Each reader perceives characters and story differently 2y
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Booksnob
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Spending the day with Miss Jane.

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Yossarian
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Mehso-so

This is my pre-book club rating. I always leave book club liking the book more than when I went in, though, so maybe I‘ll rank it again in a few hours.

It was well written, but not a lot happened, and I felt a lot of the “seams” were showing — like Mrs. Chisholm doesn‘t get referred to as “Ida” until page 150, and then gets called Ida a lot, as if the author didn‘t think of a name for her until Halfway in.

emilyhaldi Beautiful cover though 😍 2y
ReadingRover That cover is amazing! 2y
Librosycafe Hmm sounds like it needed development in creating the name. Other than that, I love the cover. 2y
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Yossarian
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First read of 2018 to prepare for my first book club meeting of 2018. So far, 50 pages of hinting around at a baby‘s gynecological deformity.

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brindille
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I dont know how productive I'll be, but I want to at least finish Miss Jane and start on one of the other two!

#SpookyOctober #OctoterTBR

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Bookish_B
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Pickpick

Honestly, I picked this up primarily because of the beautiful cover. I'm glad to say I really enjoyed it. Its not plot driven, but rather, a quiet little story with beautiful writing.

BookishFeminist Pretty photo! Love the flowers. 2y
monalyisha OoOOo you're making me want to read it even more than I already did! 😍 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Gorgeous cover!

saraisabel What is it about? 2y
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Mindyrecycles
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My SILs took us to Union Ave Books in Knoxville today and here is part of my fun haul-- Miss Jane and artsy bookmarks from two Edwards...Gorey and Hopper! #bookhaul #bookmarks

diovival Love that cover! 2y
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MelindaOtt
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Mehso-so

This was one of those books that is pleasant enough to read, but you are still waiting for the story to begin as you turn the last page.

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MelindaOtt
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I'm going to give this one a try. I'm still having trouble with heavier books, but this might be doable. Plus, it is for one of my book clubs, so I have to read it anyway. #books #MissJane #BradWatson

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KDo27
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Ahhh trying to be better about working out!!! Reading helps 😂

TheNextBook Someone told me that working out is a really great way to try audiobooks! 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto Books make cardio possible. 😂 3y
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LisaJo
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Next author at the #alabamabookfestival .... Brad Watson.

MeggsKY I want to read Miss Jane so bad!! Holding out for the paperback release .... 3y
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MyBookSwapClub
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This beauty will be in the mail this week #BookClubGoingPostal #MyBookSwap #LitsyGoesPostal have you read this?

[DELETED] 3604292746 That is a beautiful cover!! 😍 3y
tricours It's on my to read list! 3y
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BookishMe
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#shepersisted in maintaining her independence and dignity despite the birth defect.

I was amazed by the impeccable writing in this slow paced story.
#marchintoreading

Susanita Beautiful cover! 3y
BookishMe @Susanita yes, the meaning becomes apparent towards the end of the story, complemented by the lovely prose 3y
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BookishMe
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apparently I managed to complete part of #santhiReads2017 -
to read 6 authors new to me.
Last year I managed to read 35 writers (fiction) out of the targeted 52. I expect to continue discovering other authors this year

Miss Jane:
I was impressed with Watson's impeccable writing, despite the slow pace. The book came to my attention through a Facebook book club and I am glad to have made this book a January priority.

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DeborahSmall
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#bookmail 📚❤️

BookFreakOut ❤️ Heartless 3y
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MartiW
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Heard so many good things about this and the cover is so amazing; can't wait! #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia #MissJane #BradWatson

BookishMe Impeccable writing even if it moves at a slow pace 3y
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kiminreverse
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Miss Jane is a quiet novel, but oh the writing is so beautiful! It won't become a favorite for me but it's a solid read.

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Jennie748
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Left me a bit hopeless and unsettled but also oddly comforted.

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Jennie748
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A+ Saturday right here.

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megt
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Beautiful & quiet exploration of a woman's life. Watson did a superb job conveying the emotions tied to each of Jane's setbacks & triumphs. It's not necessarily an exciting or thrilling story, but I found the writing compelling all the same. Would be a good pick for readers interested in literary fiction but intimidated by giant books (this comes in under 300 pgs). My first time reading Watson, but I'll be seeking out more of his work!

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megt
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I‘ve still got about 60 pages left before I finish this, but I have to make this my #recommendsday pick. This little-ish book packs a punch with beautiful, thoughtful prose. Jane's story, while heartbreaking at times, is captivating. If I didn't have to be up early in the morning for work I would be staying up to read more!

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LindaGrace812
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What a beautiful, quiet, contemplative masterpiece. I doubt I will ever forget Miss Jane, and I will hold Dr. Thompson up as an example of compassionate physician-hood for the medical students I teach.

Libby1 Funny, but I assumed from the artwork on the cover that this book was about Jane Austen. It is similar to some editions of Pride and Prejudice. How wrong I was! 3y
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LindaGrace812
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Oh, this book. This beautiful book. The doctor and Jane are two of the most lovingly written characters I've ever had the privilege to meet.

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kiminreverse
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I can already tell I will love Brad Watson's writing.

MrBook I like it too! 3y
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Bloomingjen
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Author Silas House just posted a list of his favorite books of '16 that includes more than the usual suspects.
https://silashouseblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/books-of-2016-my-favorite-books.html...

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specklife
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Pickpick

Amazing!! Just a lovely, bittersweet tale that reads like a classic. Won't soon forget it!!

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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

How disappointing. This story just feel flat for me, there was little sense of time passing and the characters were oddly lifeless and undeveloped. I chose it based mostly on the lovely cover (unfortunately marred here by library preservation) but the blurb made me expect more.

saresmoore I hate it when a cover and a blurb mislead! This one is really pretty and I love the photo, too. 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I almost bought this one for the cover alone, glad I waited for the library copy instead 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore PS Thanks, I have so many scarves I can usually find one that coordinates 😉 3y
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CrowCAH @Moray_Reads beautiful picture arrangement! Love the cameo! 3y
Moray_Reads @CrowCAH That's my other Miss Jane (Austen). It seemed fitting 😉 3y
Nic_Schuck I was a bit bummed with this as well. Have loved everything Brad Watson has done, yet this one just never really got going for me. 3y
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Nic_Schuck
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"She was thinking about people who came in through the door at a normal size but started growing then, becoming huge, giants, and as she passed through that image into sleep her body felt heavy, massive, so much so that she was unable to move, and sleep overcame her and moved through her like death."

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8little_paws
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Miss Ruby suggests that you read Miss Jane, about a woman with a genital deformity who lives a life of curious solitude. Beautifully written and my final book for my ten book reading challenge to read all of the NBA longlist. #2016nbaficlonglist

Bette ❤️🐱 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
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Kimzey
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My Saturday morning routine used to include a 20-minute walk to Capitol Book and News, our independent bookstore, with a stop for coffee on the way. But last January the owners retired and closed the bookstore. Now I rely on book mail from Amazon.com. Happy to receive these, but today I am missing my neighborhood bookstore! #booknerdproblems #bookmail #photoofthedaynov16

Moray_Reads I saw Miss Jane in my local bookshop and managed to resist (for now!) but the cover is so beautiful 3y
8little_paws I'm reading Miss Jane now and it's great 3y
Kimzey @Moray_Reads I do love the cover! 3y
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Kimzey @8little_paws Great to know. I'll keep an eye out for your review! 3y
DivineDiana Homegoing is a powerful book! 3y
Kimzey @DivineDiana Looking forward to reading it! 3y
LisaJo I was searching for what people thought about Miss Jane by Brad Watson because he's going to be at the Alabama book festival. As you know I'm sure. And I saw your post about Capitol Books. I was very sad last year when I went to the book festival and Capitol Books was no longer there. I would always wait and get my book festival books there so I could support the book store and because I really liked the people. Your post made me a little sad. 😭 (edited) 3y
Kimzey @LisaJo We'll need to connect at the Book Festival! Brad Watson is also receiving the Harper Lee Award at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville. Yaa Gyasi will be a keynote speaker there. Can't wait! Yes, I'm still sad about Capitol Book and News. (edited) 3y
LisaJo @Kimzey We will have to connect for sure. We will have to figure out a place and time. #littensmeetup Wow! Yay Gyasi, that is spectacular. 3y
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8little_paws
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damn....

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8little_paws
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#photoadaynov16 here's my book and brew for today. I'm feeling very half hearted today to say the least. I work in admin at a school with a large population of students of color, and a noticeable Muslim population as well. The students and faculty are going to be on edge today. I have a lot of thoughts I'm still working through. @RealLifeReading

rachellayown Yes. Today is so incredibly difficult. 💔 3y
saresmoore But your compassion can overcome so much pain. Sending love your way today. 💙 3y
Librariana #imwithyou Sending lots of extra 💙💙💙💙 your way. We're gonna be ok... we're gonna work through this... we have our books and each other, this community of like-minded individuals. 3y
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Maude
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Mehso-so

Hmm, I was very undecided on pick or so-so for this one. I grabbed it at the library because I loved the cover, started reading and really liked it but as it went on it sort of became just ok, so 😐

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Sarahsbookshelves
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Mehso-so

Inspired by the author's great-aunt, this story of a young girl with a genital birth defect growing up on a Mississippi farm in the 1920's-30's was only "meh" for me. Though Jane's struggle to live a normal life kept me reading, I got bored when the story veered into descriptions of American pastoral life at that time. PS - the feather is the headpiece to my daughter's peacock Halloween costume.

Lakesidemusing Love the photo!👌 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @Lakesidemusing Thank you! It was kind of a stretch theme-wise, but gotta work with what I have around! 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Seriously picked this up because I loved the cover!! Beautiful book. Unexpected story of empathy. Unusual plot, I loved it. Made me want to sit down and talk with Miss Jane.

Varshitha That cover is so beautiful 😍 3y
britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 3y
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LilMamaMastro
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Just staring this while I wait for my son to arrive but it's tough when everyone's so sleepy! Cuddly puppies make me sleepy!❤️💤

Eyelit 💙🐶 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Library holds
Now that is a diverse pile📚💗

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SharonGoforth
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A beautifully written story about a woman born with a genital defect and her acceptance of herself.

LauraJ Hmm, a congenital genital abnormality. Very interesting. 3y
SharonGoforth @LauraJ It is, and the author handles it well. 3y
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Shooey88
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I just finished this book and can honestly say it's one of the best books I've ever read. And I've been reading for many years. The synopsis might sound like something you would normally pass by, but give it a chance. You might find that you enjoy it. Miss Jane is an amazing person.

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Bookreasons.com
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My mailbox looooves me

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SharonGoforth
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Dinah's choice for our evening reading. We're only on page 43, but we're loving it! Obviously, her choices are better than mine😻. #catsoflitsy #kittenlitten

Suzze Cute baby. 😺😺😺 3y
SharonGoforth @Suzze Thanks😊 3y
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SarahSDavis
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"You would not think someone so afflicted would or could be cheerful, not prone to melancholy or the miseries."

Going to attempt to read all the long list for the National Book Award.

8little_paws Bumping this older post of yours because I too am reading the fiction longlist! I'm reading Miss Jane right now and it's the final one for me. Did you read them all yet? Would love to chat. I haven't met anyone else who's reading them all. 3y
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brariane42
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Mehso-so

I had such high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it plodded along for the vast majority, feeling disconnected, unenthusiastic, and like the narrator was incredibly depressed. There was too much telling and not enough showing, such as everyone saying Jane was a special girl but not making me feel it at all. I was bored until the last 50 pages or so, when it finally felt like it turned a corner. If it wins the national book award I'll be upset.

MrBook Great review. Love this cover. 3y
brariane42 @MrBook it's so beautiful! It actually made me angrier about disliking this book because it's so pretty and the book was so blah. It's actually even a signed copy that I found at the thrift store for 50 cents, so I was ESPECIALLY thrilled by it. Such a bummer. 3y
MrBook Ah well 😕, for 50 cents you have a beautiful signed book for your shelves at least 😊👍🏻. 3y
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Bookdodger
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Event with this lovely author today. He has written a thoughtful, empathetic book about a woman born with a rare defect that precludes her from relationships of an intimate nature. It is a warm and loving story of a woman of strength and resilience based on an aunt of his. #BradWatson is an author to look for! This novel is not getting the attention it deserves.

Bookdodger Guess I was wrong about it not getting all the attention it deserves....😁🎉🎉🎉 3y
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