She Drove Without Stopping
- Author: Gordon, Jaimy
- Binding: Paperback
- Pages: 390
- Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
- Pub. Year: 1993
- ISBN: 0-929701-36-4
- In Stock: Yes
Jaimy Gordon's second novel, ten years in the making, is a further triumph of exuberant storytelling from the National Book Award-winning author of Lord of Misrule. Perhaps the ultimate woman's road novel, She Drove Without Stopping presents young Jane Turner's cross-country journey toward self-possession. As she refuses to turn back from a terrain we all know is dangerous to women, her wit wrestles with the violence she encounters on a risky odyssey. She Drove Without Stopping is a lusty and forthright novel. Jaimy Gordon, whose earlier books have earned her reputation as a brilliant stylist, here tells the story of a very young, very bold American woman deciding what she wants. In Jane Turner she has created a character so fresh, so self-consumed and self-righteous, that she reveals secrets of a special and particularly American type of woman.
"Raucous, sexy, thrilling, urgent, coming of age women's road novel. Highly recommended."--The Independent Reader (Hungry Mind)
"This may be the novel that women have been trying to write for the last thirty years... [She Drove Without Stopping] offers a wider variety of pleasures than just about any so-called 'women's' classic one can think of. This is a feminist monster from the id: omnivorous, roaring and wildly colorful."
-- John Domini
"Jane, the protagonist of this extraordinary coming-of-age novel, lurches and stumbles through childhood and adolescence and into early adulthood in a kind of freefall nightmare which brings into question the very basis of the American way of life. All sense of family, love, and emotional relationship is twisted into harsh, often brutal forms as Jane moves from being fondled by her father as a young child to being rejected by him when she becomes a gawky pre-adolescent. The difficulties she has with her father seem to catapult her through a crazed early adult life full of odd characters, seedy back streets, and frightening incidents until, in the end, she comes to a personal resolve. The writing is vivid, intensely poetic, and just sassy enough to make palatable the harshness of the reality being described."-- Library Journal
Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, and took degrees from Antioch College and Brown University. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College,...