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Book Title: Eva's Man (Bluestreak)|
The author of the book: Gayl Jones
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.86 MB
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Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: March 5th 1987
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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Before "fierce" became a dandy word for Bravo TV shows, I feel like Eva in this book (and perhaps her creator, author Gayl Jones) would be more deserving of the word. Perhaps toss in feral as well, although through the hopeless kaleidoscope of abuse and neglect in this story, there's a willful intelligence that was striking.
Of course feral and intelligent can exist together, but the quarters might get cramped at times, or possibly bloody. The book circles through events and jumps swiftly across time, for me that ended up being dizzily addictive. I could see this as off-putting for others.
Eva's a fascinating character that I don't pretend to understand, not sure she understands herself either. She's beyond Good and Precious if you know what I mean. And it's not one of those simple, a victim becomes a criminal tales either...pretty much both victim and perp from page one.
For something written in 1976, its urgency persists in reading it in 2014. Although despite Chesterfields and other tips, when I hit a detective's just-the-fact's rap sheet on pp70, I was a little surprised that our protagonista was born in 1937. Of course people are still singing and stinging from the blues over 100 years ago.
Stagger Lee might have read this book, or maybe walked through it?
Ms. Jones sure hasn't written much over time, but I intend to track down more of what she has. Would love to find a spin-off book written solely about Eva's father in this book. Sounds like more than a little bit of life and a complicated relationship with a man have woven into Ms. Jones own story.
Hope to hear more from her, very curious if she's found more wisdom or bitterness, or at least voices/ideas to share.
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Read information about the authorGayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are Corregidora, Eva's Man, and The Healing.
Jones is a 1971 graduate of Connecticut College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While attending the college she also earned the Frances Steloff Award for Fiction. She then began a graduate program in creative writing at Brown University, studying under poet Michael Harper and earning a Master of Arts in 1973 and a Doctor of Arts in 1975.
Harper introduced Jones's work to Toni Morrison, who was an editor at the time, and in 1975, Jones published her first novel Corregidora at the age of 26. That same year she was a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan, which hired her the following year as an assistant professor. She left her faculty position in 1983 and moved to Europe, where she wrote and published Die Vogelfaengerin (The Birdwatcher) in Germany and a poetry collection, Xarque and Other Poems. Jones's 1998 novel The Healing was a finalist for the National Book Award, although the media attention surrounding her novel's release focused more on the controversy in her personal life than on the work itself. Her papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Jones currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she continues to write.
Jones has described herself as an improvisor, and her work bears out that statement: like a jazz or blues musician, Jones plays upon a specific set of themes, varying them and exploring their possible permutations. Though her fiction has been called “Gothic” in its exploration of madness, violence, and sexuality, musical metaphors might make for a more apt categorization.
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