In the backwoods of Mississippi, a land of honeysuckle and grapevine, Jewel and her husband, Leston, 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, like lightning, 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.
"Sweeping and beautifully written.... a parable for our age." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Bret Lott's Jewel is a beautifully crafted first-person epic of one poor southern woman's personal duel with God.... This is a voice we don't want to stop hearing.... Some of the tenderest scenes of family love since those in Dickens...." (The Chicago Tribune)
"Lott is one of the most important and imaginative writers in America today. His eye for detail is unparalleled; his vision - where he looks - is like no one else's in this country." (The Los Angeles Times)
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JEWEL Review - narrator missed parts
Narrator missed narrating the end of chapter 9. The part right after Jewel and Leston leave the doctors office. Though a short part, this missing piece gives insight into how the couple felt after receiving some info regarding the baby. I only knew as I followed along in a paperback.