Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Find in catalogThe book was inspired by the author’s great aunt, born in 1916 with a condition called “urological sinus anomaly; persistent cloaca”, resulting in all of her bodily elimination being conducted through a single aperture over which she had no sphincter control. Although at the time surgery was not an option, the book is upbeat, emphasizing the optimism and intelligence of Miss Jane. This, for me gives the book a fairy-tale quality. The author has a unique and imaginative vocabulary and one cannot help but visualize the scenes he describes. It’s a book that you want to read straight through to the very end, even though it is not an “action-packed” story. The prose, the pace, the optimism, and the feel-good quality made the book a pleasure to read.

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