Jewel (Oprah's Book Club) Unbound – January 1, 1991
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I liked the way the story gave background through flashbacks and then maintained the story. It is a gripping tale of the old South up to modern times and the times and people who lived there.
Second, Lott's writing style makes it seem as though "Jewel" was written in the 1950's - yet, according to the copyright page it was published in 1991. The country was just starting to get into political correctness around that time, and it's hard to believe that a book that uses this sort of language (implied and explicit) could have been written in 1991. But the fact remains that it was - and it's one of the best books I've read so far in 2003.
Yes, a good deal of the book is depressing - considering the major plotline it can't help but be depressing. But while not every thread of the story is resolved, there's a lot more positive than negative feelings when you finish the last page.
I'm not exactly a fan of Oprah Winfrey's book club, but in "Jewel" she picked a winner.
I suppose some may fault the ending as not exciting enough. . . to me, it was a simple humble statement, of how big our emotional journey can feel,and yet really in the grand scope of things, how very small we really are.