Jane Was Here

Jane Was Here

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A thriller that explores reincarnation, Jane Was Here follows a mysterious young woman, who calls herself Jane, who turns up in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in the town, yet she has never been there before in her life. Upon her arrival, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town's inhabitants. As Jane's memories reawaken piece by piece, they carry her back to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide. A centuries-old mystery will resolve, and karma will claim its due.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Grey Swan Press
  • Marblehead, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0980037727
  • 9780980037722

About Sarah Kernochan

Sarah Kernochan has won two Academy Awards for her documentaries Marjoe and Thoth. As a screenwriter, she has written many films, among them Nine and a Half Weeks, Impromptu, Sommersby, and What Lies Beneath. She also directed her film All I Wanna Do, starring Kirsten Dunst. Jane Was Here is her second novel. She lives in New York City with her husband, director James Lapine.show more

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"Jane Was Here", by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sarah Kernochan, is an eerie mystery with an emphasis on reincarnation and karma. The eponymous Jane travels to the tiny New England town of Graynier to uncover who murdered her in a past life. But Jane has never been to Graynier, and the murder she is convinced was her own took place in 1853.Jane was institutionalized for most of her present life, even though she claims sanity. She waited until she was 21 to leave the institution to discover the secrets of her past life and how they relate to her present--and to the present lives of everyone in Graynier.Kernochan is best known as a screenwriter for the movies "91/2 Weeks" and "What Lies Beneath". This is only her second novel; her first, "Dry Hustle", was published in 1977. Like her films, "Jane Was Here" relies on a pervasive sense of foreboding, inspired by masterful descriptions of setting and character. The current occupants of Graynier lived there during their past lives as well--but who murdered past-life Jane? Figuring it out is the riveting fun of "Jane Was Here".Religion, particularly a sect known as "Gabriel Nation," plays a big part in Jane's past life, and the religious discussions and related romance lend a touch of softness to this otherwise dark and vicious tale. The graphic sexual content is shocking, but Kernochan uses it as a character development tool. The acts themselves are not portrayed, but inference illuminates characters' internal demons. Kernochan does not pull punches. She tosses us amid the Graynier wolves in order to solve Jane's murder before anyone else ends up dead. In her inventive and artful brutality, Kernochan evokes horror genius in this backwoods karmic thriller. --Sara Dobie, blogger at WordpressDiscover: A brutal, beautiful puzzle of past lives, karma and the devastation wrought by bothshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Properties of Natural Gas; Gas Reservoir Deliverability; Wellbore Performance; Choke Performance; Well Deliverability; Separation; Dehydration; Compression and Cooling; Volumetric Measurement; Transportation; Special Problems; Index.show more

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557 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
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4 24% (134)
3 32% (179)
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1 8% (45)

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I was instantly intrigued by the premise of Jane Was Here but when I started reading it I almost decided not to finish it. I wasn't sure what direction the book was heading. I was glad that I continued reading it and ignore the things that annoyed me. That being said you do get wrapped up in Jane's mystery. You want to know where she came from and what she wants. Has she brought on all the strange occurrences to Graynier or is it just a coincidence. Brett Sampson has come to town with his son, Collin, also and taken up residence in a rental house. Jane's first visit is to him. She tells him for some reason she is pretty sure she lived here. Brett knows for a fact that she couldn't be old enough to have lived here because Father Petrelli has owned the place for 30 years. Feeling instantly captivated and sudden need to help this woman named Jane, he allows her to stay so that she can discover who she is. The mystery deepens when Collin's friend Gita believes that Jane is actually Shaarinen, the personal enemy of her woman god, Gana. Now she enlists Collin in her endeavor to take down the demon. Definitely a page turner and gets a little crazy at the end. There are some spooky elements that are reminiscent of a Stephen King tale.show more
by Kelsey Opsahl
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