Brad Watson’s stories and novels are some of our favorite Southern fiction, and The Heaven of Mecury was a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published in 2002. Now Brad is back with the stunning, lyrical novel, Miss Jane.
Inspired by the true story of his own great-aunt, he explores the life of Miss Jane Chisolm, born in rural, early-twentieth-century Mississippi with a genital birth defect that would stand in the way of the central “uses” for a woman in that time and place—namely, sex and marriage. And so Jane is free to engage the world on her terms. In languidly beautiful prose, Brad creates an intimate portrait of a singular woman, her place and time.
There’s so much to think about with this book, in terms of traditional roles and relationships, the nature of beauty, and reinvention. Join us for an evening of conversation with Brad and our own Ashley Warlick, Thursday, August 4th, at 7pm.