In the backwoods of Mississippi, Jewel and her husband are truly blessed; they have five fine children. When Brenda Kay is born in 1943, Jewel gives thanks for a healthy baby, last-born and most welcome. Jewel is the story of how quickly a life can change; how an unforeseen event can set us on a course without reason or compass. In this story of a woman's devotion to the child who is both her burden and God's singular way of smiling on her, Bret Lott has created a mother-daughter relationship of matchless intensity and beauty, and one of the finest, most indomitable heroines in contemporary American fiction.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - abutler_14 - LibraryThing
Praise should be given to Bret Lott and his incredible talent as a writer. He wrote as if he were a woman, from the emotions to the phyiscality. I loved this book from the second I started reading ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cms519 - LibraryThing
While I was not enamored with the plot of this book, I found myself really enjoying the prose. It begged me to slow down, to read the words as Jewel would have thought and said them, to take on a Southern rhythm. Read full review