Jewel

By Bret Lott
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780671038182, 368pp.)

Publication Date: January 18, 1999

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Description
"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 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.
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.



About the Author
Bret Lott is a native of Los Angeles, California. His parents were raised in Mississippi and East Texas and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1950s. It is this Southern heritage -- going all the way back to the War Between the States -- that Mr. Lott has drawn on in writing "Jewel." He is the author of five highly acclaimed novels, "The Man Who Owned Vermont, A Stranger's House, Jewel, Reed's Beach, " and "The Hunt Club, " as well as two collections of widely anthologized short stories, "A Dream of Old Leaves" and "How to Get Home, " and a memoir, "Fathers, Sons, and Brothers." He lives with his wife and two sons near Charleston, South Carolina, and teaches at the College of Charleston and Vermont College.
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