Miss Jane

3.96 based on 2105 ratings & 449 reviews on Goodreads.com

Publication date: 13.07.2017
ISBN: 9781509834334
Number of pages: 288


'As unexpectedly beguiling as it is affecting.' Daily Mail

Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson's work has been 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 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 mesmerizes those around her, exerting an unearthly fascination that lives beyond her still.

In the media

A beautiful portrait of a young girl trying to navigate a difficult life – and an honest story that will bring you to tears more than once.
Associated Press
Watson tells this story with such tenderness, sensitivity and grace, at times I just wanted to weep . . . a beautiful novel. A writing teacher at the University of Wyoming, Watson says he based it on the life of one of his great aunts, and went through thirty drafts to get it right. He did.
Seattle Times
[An] ambitious, touching novel
New York Times