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She Drove Without Stopping
by Jaimy Gordon
Jamie Gordon's second novel, ten years in the making, is a further triumph of exuberant storytelling from the author of Shamp of the City-Solo. The ultimate woman's road novel, She Drove Without Stopping presents young Jane Turner's journey toward self-possession. As she refuses to turn back from a terrain we all know is dangerous for women, her wit wrestles violence she e ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by McPherson
(first published 1990)
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Jaimy Gordon's language is scaring me. It's tough and generous and unashamed. But it also swerves (sorry) toward a kind of fake lyricism that is choking American fiction in and out of MFA programs, the kind of writing where unusual vocabulary and an excess of figurative language is rallied to give the impression of tremendous significance to every tiny event, such that everything in a novel can have a uniform significance, a uniform terror, and a uniform tension, so that nothing is tense at all. ...more
I must have read this shortly after it was published, though I thought it was an older novel at the time because of its setting in the 1960's. I was in high school, and it put a few cracks in the concrete around my tiny worldview. I may be remembering it wrong, but it seemed very stream-of-consciousness. I thought the protagonist made a lot of bad choices, but her struggle to gain and own her identity always stuck with me. Most recently, Lost by Cheryl Strayed reminded me of this book again.
Jaimy Gordon's third novel, Bogeywoman was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Books for 2000. Her second novel, She Drove Without Stopping, brought her an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gordon's short story, "A Night's Work," which shares a number of characters with Lord of Misrule, appeared in Best American Short Stories 1995. She is also ...moreMore about Jaimy Gordon...
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“I was an easy birth, and I have never regretted it. Not even for a visit would I return to the womb. I never sleep in the fetal position, but on my back or stomach, legs flung wide. I stay out of hot dark closets. I choose rooms with windows, full of moving air. I like scattered light, a moon, stars, but will settle for anything, even that greenish glow found nowhere in nature of a Santa Monica Freeway sign.”More quotes…