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Miss Jane by Brad Watson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393241730
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 12th, 2016

Miss Jane, a novel by Brad Watson, is an intensely rich story portraying a woman's search for fulfillment, growth and wholeness despite a physical abnormality that no one else can see.
Jane Chisolm, our heroine, is a hermaphrodite, delivered at home by a country doctor to her Mississippi farming family in 1915.

Gorgeously written, Ms. Jane creates the life story of woman in the deep rural south, isolated by her condition and circumstance. This is the story of her heart breaks and isolation, but more poignantly about her curiosity, awakenings and strength. Particularly moving is the direct influence of Nature as a teacher healer and guide throughout the novel. So many passages on this theme are magnificently framed by luminous prose. Watson has delivered here an authentic novel about a woman's transcendence. Who wouldn't want to read about that? ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker

Imagine Me Gone

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ISBN: 9780316261357
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 3rd, 2016

Imagine Me Gone is a deeply moving portrayal of a family's complex love for one another as they manage and respond to the shape shifting undercurrent of mental illness experienced by both father and son. A compelling read on every level, this novel is crafted with impressive emotional sensitivity, providing a direct feed into the inner lives and secrets of each character - and you keep wanting more. Writing of this caliber is a rare thing. Haslett has created a gem of a novel that I will recommend over and over again. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307743602
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

A heart-wrenching story of an inner-city girl in a Fresh Air Fund program who travels to a host family in upstate NY, where she befriends a frightened and abused racehorse at a nearby stable. Gaitskill navigates the ugly realities of both human and equine abuse but this is a triumphant novel. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker

The Mare

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ISBN: 9780307379740
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

The Mare is the heart wrenching story of a very young inner city girl who travels to an upstate family and nearby stable where she befriends a frightened and abused race horse. Inner turmoil is significant in The Mare which navigates the ugly realities of both human and equine abuse. Ultimately, this is a triumphant novel shaped by authentic characters, where trust and determination win. Gaitskill's multi-narrative approach is pitch perfect, gifting the reader direct access to the emotional life of each and every character. Readers will be reminded of how our real life connections with animals can guide and heal. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker

Guest Cat

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By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811221504
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Published: New Directions - January 28th, 2014

Hiraide reflects on his year of living in a small guest house on the grounds of an aged Japanese estate. Writing in the spare elegant prose of a polished poet, this is a muse on life, art, time and nature enhanced by his friendship with an independent feline visitor affectionately named Chibi. A soothing and lovely read. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker

The Invention of Wings

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ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

Sue Monk Kidd's newest novel, The Invention of Wings, celebrates the groundbreaking life works and sacrifices of Sarah Grimke, an American feminist and early abolitionist. Kidd's novel will renew our awareness of this legendary figure, who's integrity, bravery, and faith altered the course of our history. This is compelling and meaningful historical fiction at its very best. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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