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

  • Elyse
    Apr 12, 2017

    "She did not like the vexation of her incontinence, and wished she would outgrow it, but eventually accepted it as part of who she was, no matter how unsavory.She determined that she would live like a...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 08, 2017

    The best kind of book inspires you, transports you, and wraps you up inside it. The main character of Miss Jane, Jane Chisholm, faced one of life's considerable obstacles with grace and fortitude. I f...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...