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I can’t remember how this book came onto my radar. The publisher’s summary sounds somewhat bland, but it really doesn’t do justice to this wonderful story. I took a chance based on the nearly perfect ratings by others who have read it. Then I did something I have never done before - I immediately listened to it again.
Calling this a coming-of-age story of first love is true, but just not enough. And yet to go too deeply into the details would force spoilers that just shouldn’t be done. It's the emotional connection to the all of the characters that makes this so special. I’m going way out on a literary limb here to say that the feeling I got for Mickey’s journey of discovery felt similar to how I felt about Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not saying the stories are the same – Jane Two does not have the large social conflict of Mockingbird. But the way Mickey perceived his world and his place in it, guided by his Granddaddy – a colorfully profane Cajun version of Atticus Finch – achieved a truthfulness that made you live Mickey’s life with him, to want the things he wanted and to learn the lessons he had to learn.
I really encourage you to give this book a chance, with one caveat. If you are generally put off by strong language to the point that it can ruin a read for you, then pass this by. Granddaddy’s lessons are taught with blistering profanity, but always with the caution “This is man’s talk. You don’t talk like that to the women”. In his own way he’s just as much of a gentleman as Atticus.
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Jane Two enters every single fibre of your being und you never want to let it go! This gem pulls you in right from the beginning.
It was a very emotional experience listening to the author himself. Absolutely brilliant how Sean Patrick Flanery gives every single person a different voice. You will smile, laugh out loud and fascinated listen to Grandaddy’s wise messages. Be prepared: the grief in Sean’s voice will tear you apart.
Sean Patrick Flanery has an outstanding mastery of words and imagery. Jane Two is about life, learning from the mistakes you make, regret, becoming a man and a life changing love.
After reading and hearing this novel, you desperately need more! And you only want to listen to his voice!
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