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 22, 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...

  • Sue
    Jun 18, 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...

  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    Aug 05, 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...

  • Diane Barnes
    Aug 04, 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...

  • Karen
    Jul 26, 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...

  • Perry
    Oct 23, 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...

  • Mike W
    Jun 22, 2016

    In a novel sure to draw initial comparisons with Jeffrey Eugenides? Middlesex, Brad Watson imagines the life of a woman with a difference so great that it has the power to leave her feeling utterly ...

  • Lindsay
    Jan 14, 2017

    3 stars. I know I'm in the minority with having less than a 4 or 5 star rating. There is no doubt that this author writes beautifully. My less than excellent rating is based on my overall feelings thr...

  • Amanda
    Sep 28, 2016

    This book completely blew me away. It was so good. I still have a few more of the Nat'l Book Award list to get to but of the ones I've read this is my favorite and I can't imagine anything knocking it...

  • Dana
    Oct 30, 2016

    5+ stars. Miss Jane is a novel that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Jane Chilson, born with a urogenital birth defect is faced to live life the best she can given the hand she was dealt. Her p...