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    DescriptionPerhaps 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.


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    Title
    She Drove without Stopping
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jaimy Gordon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 390
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780929701363
    ISBN 10: 0929701364
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    McPherson & Co Publishers,U.S.
    Imprint name
    McPherson & Co Publishers,U.S.
    Publication date
    12 March 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    Though Gordon's stow, about coming-of-age as a sexually active female, is finally too formless, it's full of lively anecdotal sequences having to do with the tension between a young woman's attempt to find herself and her victimization by her impulses and her environment. Jane Turner, brought up by affluent Baltimoreans, is sex-soaked from the beginning ("I masturbated every night from age beyond memory"). Her father raises hothouse orchids, and her mother sees Dr. Zwilling, her analyst, several times a week. In the meantime, Jane, deciding that at "eight I was still in love with my father, bat he was no longer in love with me," takes to deviling him with smart-aleck remarks, all the longing for "the forbidden street, the hardened river of popular time." Gordon quickly gets her into a 1949 Dodge and links her up (in Harmonia Springs, where she is sort of attending a small college) with Jimmy, who tells her he's "not just a male." They move into a deserted house and entertain a menagerie of eccentrics and freaks. Eventually, Jane is raped: "she would cry, if crying were in her repertory." She goes to the cops, who arrest the rapist but release him (he's married, it's her word against his) after she takes an inconclusive lie-detector test where she feels like the criminal. Then, after a pause to tell us her parents' story - they're separated by now - Jane is off to California, where she finds Jimmy, works as a bartender, and decides to "be a poet the rest of the time." After getting published in G.R.O.P.E., she goes through a dark night of the body - which ends only after violence and a final epiphany in jail, where she imagines killing everyone, including her father. There isn't enough artistry here: the book, full of undigested life, too frantically hurtles us through adventures in a tone that is sometimes whimsical, sometimes arch. (Kirkus Reviews)