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Author: Bret Lott Narrator: Celia Weston Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 1999 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780743548908

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In the backwoods of Mississippi, a land of honeysuckle and grapevine, Jewel and her husband, Leston, are truly blessed; they have five fine children. When Brenda Kay is born in 1943, Jewel gives thanks for a healthy baby, last-born and most welcome.

Jewel is the story of how quickly a life can change; how, like lightning, an unforeseen event can set us on a course without reason or compass. In this story of a woman’s devotion to the child who is both her burden and God’s singular way of smiling on her, Bret Lott has created a mother-daughter relationship of matchless intensity and beauty, and one of the finest, most indomitable heroines in contemporary American fiction.

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  • “Sweeping and beautifully written…A parable for our age.”

    - New York Times
  • “Lott is one of the most important and imaginative writers in America today. His eye for detail is unparalleled; his vision—where he looks—is like no one else’s in this country.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Bret Lott’s Jewel is a beautifully crafted first-person epic of one poor Southern woman’s personal duel with God…This is a voice we don’t want to stop hearing…Some of the tenderest scenes of family love since those in Dickens.”

    - Chicago Tribune
  • “[A] brilliant novel…This book is pure gift.”

    - Dallas Morning News
  • “Bret Lott has a gift for making the ordinary seem luminous. In Jewel, he applies his art to a broad canvas and produces what may stand as his masterpiece…Lott matches the honest strength of his characters with that of his prose. His Jewel is a force of nature, her story rising out of a perfect, seamless union of teller and tale.”

    -  Boston Globe

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About the Author

Bret Lott is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books. His work has appeared in, among other places, the Yale Review, the New York Times, the Georgia Review, and in dozens of anthologies. Born in Los Angeles, he received his BA in English from Cal State Long Beach in 1981, and his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, where he studied under James Baldwin. From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at the College of Charleston, leaving to take the position of editor and director of the journal the Southern Review at Louisiana State University. Three years later, in the fall of 2007, he returned to the College of Charleston and the job he most loves: teaching. His has served as Fulbright Senior American Scholar and writer-in-residence to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, spoken on Flannery O’Connor at the White House, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Hanahan, South Carolina.