JEWEL a novel by Bret Lott. Let me tell you this.. Bret Lott is a man who writes like a woman! I was shocked to find I enjoyed a book written by a man! LOL I read quite a few Oprah Book Club selections. I do always like her choices but I’m sure to pick them up at library book sales and Flea markets. This one takes place in the 1940’s. It’s a hard life Jewel lives but interesting to read!