Sweet Jane by Joanne Kukanza Easley
Today I'm reviewing a book by a fellow Black Rose Writer. Sweet Jane is the award winning story by Joanne Kukanza Easley. I was drawn to its Texas setting and fell in love with the main character, little Janie, on page one.
By age six, Jane, a lonely and precocious child, knows vodka makes Mama mean. After years of dodging her drunken mama, Jane runs away at sixteen—during the Summer of Love. Despite seventeen years of keeping secrets while searching for love in dysfunctional relationships, Jane looks good on paper: married, graduate school, coin-carrying member of AA. But her carefully constructed life is crumbling. Returning for Mama’s funeral catapults her back to the events that made her the woman she is.