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Jewel by Bret Lott
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Jan 16, 2015

it was amazing
Read in January, 2015

This novel begins set in the deep south, which is always fertile territory for a novel. Brett Lott, the author, makes the most of such an atmosphere, and he couples his description with a powerful first person narration--that of Jewel. Through Jewel, a caring mother, much is conveyed, including a mother's sensitivity, immense devotion to her children, and unwavering spirit. Lott does an admirable job of getting inside the head of the female gender, along with giving the reader inferences into character motivation. The novel provides a sense of empathy throughout. The strength of women is demonstrated.
Jewel's life prior to motherhood is also presented. The way the author handles a death scene of her father is powerful. And subsequently,the main plot of Jewel giving birth to a mentally challenged child is heart rendering. And the mother's struggle with God's hand in it all is interesting. This is a book that mothers could love and laud (even though it was written by a man), and it gave me a broader perspective and appreciation for all dedicated mothers.
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