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Janet Benton

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Janet Benton's debut novel LILLI DE JONG is the diary of an unwed Quaker mother in 1883 Philadelphia who decides to try to keep her baby. It was one of LIBRARY JOURNAL's and NPR's Best Books 2017 and a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards and has received many additional honors. It is available in paperback, hardcover, audio book, e-book, and large print editions. Janet's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. from the Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. A. from Oberlin College. After working at magazines, newspapers, and publishers and teaching writing at four universities, she began The Word Studio (www.thewordstudio.us) to offer workshops and mentoring to writer ...more

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Janet Benton That is so kind of you, Cheryl! It's readers like you who make the work that much more gratifying. If you'd like to, you can sign up for my occasional…moreThat is so kind of you, Cheryl! It's readers like you who make the work that much more gratifying. If you'd like to, you can sign up for my occasional newsletter (I sent one every few months), which will start having news about the next book in a bit, at www.janetbentonauthor.com or www.thewordstudio.us. Happy New Year. :-) Janet(less)
Janet Benton Dear Carrie, Lovely to get your note. Thanks for reaching out. Yes, there are several more novels in process. If Lilli does well, I'll be able to devo…moreDear Carrie, Lovely to get your note. Thanks for reaching out. Yes, there are several more novels in process. If Lilli does well, I'll be able to devote the thousands of hours it will take to get the next book done sooner rather than later. Go, Lilli, go! ☺️ Warmly, Janet Benton(less)
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The e-book of Lilli de Jong is super-cheap right now--was $2.99 for a few days, and as of today it's $3.49. It's a gift that will stay in people's hearts a long time. If you've been put off by cost, I hope you'll take this chance to own the debut novel that so many have loved and praised, including many bestselling authors.
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“So little is permissible for a woman—yet on her back every human climbs to adulthood.”
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“Bitterness is poison, yes, but I hold a flask of it to my lips and drink.”
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“Do not be surprised, when thee has children, to find what I have found: of all the kinds of love that bind, a mother’s love for her offspring is the strongest imperative on earth. It is as common as sunlight, as all-penetrating, as necessary to life.”
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“1883. Third Month 16

Some moments set my heart on fire, and that’s when language seems the smallest. Yet precisely these bursts of feeling make me long to write. I sit now in a high-walled courtyard, amid the green smells and slanted light of early spring, with that familiar burning in my heart. I’ll need to destroy these pages before returning home, but no matter; for the first time since Mother’s death, words come to me.”
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“Here's the thing, say Shug. The thing I believe. God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And some-times it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don't know what you looking for l. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, Lord. Feeling like shit.”
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“People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”
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“When someone calls me madam, I think they mean my mother.”
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“We can pursue our true wants, Mill writes, only when doing so harms no one to whom we are obliged.”
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