By Margaret Laurence

A thirty-four-year-old college instructor residing along with her mom, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an atmosphere of small-town deceit and pettiness—her personal and that of others. She longs for touch with one other individual who stocks her rebellious spirit. ultimately, through confronting either love and demise, Rachel earns the liberty she desperately needs.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, A Jest of God used to be additionally the root of the motion picture Rachel, Rachel.

"Mrs. Laurence tells [her tale] unsparingly, with absolute authority, utilizing her thorough realizing of Rachel to attract us into her soreness. we all know Rachel, sympathize together with her, and in a feeling, turn into Rachel, so real is her voice. . . . A Jest of God has awesome readability, attractive element, in addition to the emotional impression of sincere confession."—Joan J. corridor, Saturday Review

"Laurence's rendition is with regards to wonderful . . . reaffirming her skill to attract, with out pathos, life-sized girls. . . . Skillfully wrought and eloquently told."—Marilyn Gardner, Christian technological know-how Monitor

One of Canada's so much finished writers, Margaret Laurence(1926-1987) was once the recipient of many awards, together with the distinguished Governer General's Litarary Award for The Diviners and A Jest of God.

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What did I do or no longer do, to place him off? i need to no longer allow myself imagine this manner. It’s now not as if I ever anticipated whatever to return of it. He used to be right here, and there wasn’t somebody else round, a lot, and that i was once the following, and that’s all. in fact i do know that. There’s by no means been any doubt in my brain approximately that. The final time, we have been sitting within the kitchen afterwards, and Jago got here in. I stated “Oh heavens, glance what time it really is – i need to be going”. I couldn’t sit down nonetheless and speak for part an hour with Jago there. Oh no. I needed to glance startled, as if there were whatever to seem startled approximately – I suggest, it wasn’t Jago’s enterprise, used to be it, and what did he care? Jago, grey-haired, strong, didn't say a note. He simply seemed questioned. i presumed it has to be my presence that made him glance that manner, yet now I see it used to be my departure. How indignant Nick should have been, to have me act so. No ask yourself he hasn’t noticeable me due to the fact that. i may have dealt with the location another way. it's going to were effortless. I see that now. – they're sitting within the kitchen, the 2 of them, consuming espresso with rum. They don’t have to speak. they're particularly satisfied, similar to this. The boots outdoor the again door make a scuffling noise – an individual wiping his toes sooner than coming in the home. “Jago is domestic early this night. He often is going to the beer parlour after the movie’s over. ” “Never mind,” she says, “it doesn’t subject now. ” he's smiling – “No, now not now. ” Jago enters, makes comments concerning the climate – “Due for a thunderstorm – no longer a breath of air wherever this night. ” “Too sizzling for espresso? ” – her voice is pleasant, informal, unperturbed. Jago says he guesses now not, if she’ll simply upload a slug of rum to his besides. For a second it truly is soothing, and that i can nearly think it occurred that method. however the second evaporates, and i'm left with the chilly wisdom of the way i really observed it take place, myself rearing up on the door sound, emerging gawkily like a tame goose attempting to fly. Jago announcing not anything, and Nick shrugging. How might I? If in basic terms i may say to him, so he might be aware of – glance, I didn’t suggest to behave that method. Did he see it a similar method I did, or how? If basically i'll clarify. yet I can’t. i attempted final evening. No – i can't examine that. My hand continues to be at the doorbell, and now I understand it should have been ringing for a while. I’d virtually forgotten the place i used to be. “Rachel! it is a shock. Come on in. ” Calla is donning lemon-coloured denim slacks and a violet shirt. She appears to be like approximately ten toes extensive. The lead-coloured edge of her hair is status up spikily all over the place her brow. Her correct wrist clanks with a brace of bangles, and her ft, that are dirty, slap with the rubbery sound of her royal-blue toe-thong sandals. She places a hand out to my shoulder, as an individual may, guiding in a customer, yet instantly she withdraws it, making us either aware of this half-gesture which most likely wasn’t meant as something in any respect. “I concept I’d drop in for a minute, if you’re no longer busy. ” “I used to be simply taking a break,” she says. “The pause that refreshes. Coke or iced tea for you?

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