Title Profile & Character Information

Jewel

Annotation
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.

Characters
NameHilburn, Jewel
GenderFemale
TraitsMarried
Mother
Pregnant

NameHilburn, Brenda Kay
GenderFemale

GenreDomestic
Southern fiction
Fiction
TopicsDown Syndrome
Mental disability
Parenthood
Mothers and daughters
Redemptive love
SettingMississippi
Backwoods