"Miss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines s now-classic novel written as an autobiography spans one hundred years of Miss Jane s remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. It is a story of courage and survival, history, bigotry, and hope as seen through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all. A historical tour de force, a triumph of fiction, Miss Jane s eloquent narrative brings to life an important story of race in America and stands as a landmark work for our time."