… the level of craft and breadth of emotions available to Dowell as a writer is dizzying. … The syntax, spun from Brontë as much as Faulkner, forges in the power of its obsession something beyond the recognized parameters of Southern fiction.
—Bradford Morrow

Too Much Flesh and Jabez

Fiction by Coleman Dowell

Too Much Flesh and Jabez, Coleman Dowell’s fourth book, is a boldly erotic novel about an overly endowed young Kentucky farmer, his painfully inhibited wife, and an outrageously provocative teen-age boy. Set amid the rigorous years of the Second World War, with the pressures of maximum production needs countered by a minimum of available farmhands, it is an authentic depiction of the way of life of millions of Americans on the home front. But more than a bare chronicle of the rural South, the novel reveals the surprising relationship of a spinster schoolteacher and the farmer (her former pupil), putting to rest the fiction that total sexual inexperience implies a deficient capacity for sensual and perverse imagination.

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Paperback (published January 1, 2001)

ISBN
9780811206587

Coleman Dowell

20th century American fiction writer and songwriter for Broadway and television

… the level of craft and breadth of emotions available to Dowell as a writer is dizzying. … The syntax, spun from Brontë as much as Faulkner, forges in the power of its obsession something beyond the recognized parameters of Southern fiction.
—Bradford Morrow