The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
By Ernest J. Gaines
(Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553263572, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 1982
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"Stunning. I know of noblack novel about the Souththat excludes quite the same refreshing mix of witand wrath, imagination and indignation, misery andpoetry. And I can recall no more memorable femalecharacter in Southern fiction since Lena ofFaulkner's "Light In August" than MissJane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, "Life.
“Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that exudes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry.” —Life
“In this woman, Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure….Gaines’s novel brings to mind other great works: The Odyssey, for the way his heroine’s travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn, for the clarity of [Pittman’s] voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story of it all.” —Newsweek