She Drove Without Stopping: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1990 - Fiction - 390 pages
She Drove Without Stopping is the on-the-road story of brave, brainy, erotic Jane Turner. Child of the fifties, student of the sixties, her sexual identity is molded by affluent America’s love affair with Freud, then set at liberty by its Sexual Revolution. Jane is the daughter of a pair of well heeled Baltimoreans whose hobbies include orchid breeding and child psychology. She was born with a strong sexual bent inherited straight from her handsome, philandering father Philip. When she was eight, Philip–on the advice of his wife’s analyst–abruptly withdrew his affection from Jane. She was left dumbfounded and bereft. She Drove Without Stopping tells how Jane, at 21, strikes back, how she lights out on a cross-country search for freedom and adventure, how she settles on a life-style that’s the stuff of a father’s nightmare. Footloose and imprudent, Jane is a girl who will get into an old car on any excuse and drive anywhere, so long as it is far away and no one will know where she is. By the time she’s come to the end of her reckless, risky year on the road, Jane’s been in love, in danger, in jail, and finally, in control of her life.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Sheesh! Where to begin? How do you boil down, summarize, explain or critique a story as big and complex as SHE DROVE WITHOUT STOPPING? It's a novel that is so unique it seems to defy easy comparisons ... Read full review

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It is far too intimidating to review Jaimy Gordon who writes brilliantly and courageously. So very different is this tale from her National Book Award winner Lord of Misrule, yet the characters are ... Read full review


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Jaimy Gordon, from Baltimore, went to Antioch College and Brown University and now teaches fiction writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her work on She Drove Without Stopping was supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She is the author of the underground classic, Shamp of the City-Solo.

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