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Jewel by Bret Lott
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Sep 03, 2007

really liked it
Read in September, 2007

Each chapter in this novel begins with a scene in the present, goes to a character-defining flashback brought on by something as simple as a word or a touch, and then comes back to round out the rest of the present situation. Jewel, the title character, narrates her story of life after--and before--giving birth to her sixth child, Brenda Kay, who has Down Syndrome. Jewel questions the character of a God who would allow this trial in her life, but falls back on what her past experiences have taught her: that she can fix situations, fix her own life. Now she arms herself with the belief that she can fix her daughter and sets out on a life-long, no-holds-barred journey to do exactly that. Interesting thoughts on devotion to family, husband/wife roles, what it means to have "quality of life," and how a person is shaped by past experiences.
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