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A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence

This book is a monologue by a teacher in her mid-thirties who dreams of leaving her small town and her manipulative mother; but duty and caution have kept her at home. At thirty-four, she finally confronts passion and death, and realizes that she cannot continue to sacrifice love and freedom, but needs both to survive. Laurence's stories depict women's physical and emotional desires without coyness or restraint.
Margaret Laurence was born in Canada.

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A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence