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Joshilyn Jackson

Author of Gods in Alabama

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About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson graduated with honors from Georgia State with a degree in English literature. After earning her Master's in English at the University of Illinois in Chicago, she taught university-level English. Jackson's short fiction has been published in many literary magazines and anthologies, show more and plays that she has written have been produced in Chicago and Atlanta. Gods in Alabama, Jackson's first book, won SIBA's Novel of the Year award in 2005 and was a #1 BookSense pick. Between, Georgia was also a #1 BookSense pick, which gave Jackson the distinction of being the first author to receive that status in two consecutive years. Jackson also won the Listen Up award from Publisher's Weekly for her audio book reading. Her newest book is entitled, Backseat Saints. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Joshilyn Jackson

Gods in Alabama (2006) 1,787 copies
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming (2008) 1,190 copies
Between, Georgia (2006) 1,183 copies
Never Have I Ever (2019) 913 copies
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (2012) 732 copies
The Almost Sisters (2017) 714 copies
Backseat Saints (2010) 681 copies
Someone Else's Love Story (2013) 578 copies
The Opposite of Everyone (1672) 418 copies
Mother May I (2021) 414 copies
With My Little Eye (2023) 107 copies
My Own Miraculous (2013) 60 copies

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Bree is in her thirties and has the perfect life: A rich and caring husband, three beautiful kids, a large house, a great social life involving charities. But everything changes in one second when she attends the rehearsal of a play starring one of her daughters and looks away from her baby son's car seat - when she looks back, the car seat is gone. But instead of money, the person who abducted the baby wants her to do something which seems to be connected to her husband's firm.

Which sounds like a straightforward action thriller becomes so much more: A breath-taking page turner that I couldn't put down, but also a novel raising questions about guilt, responsibility, class, money and motherhood. There are gothic vibes, too, the twists are surprising, and I loved the characters.
The only reason I am not giving it four stars is that I wished for a different ending - it all resolves a little to neatly in the end considering the dark topics and atmosphere, and I think that Trey was let off the hook too easily by simply being killed. I would have liked for the conversation between him and Bree to continue.
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MissBrangwen | 75 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
Best book so far that I've read in 2024!
MaraBlaise | 65 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
Meribel Mills is an actress who moves across the country with her daughter, Honor, to escape a stalker. She's nicknamed the stalker Marker Man because all of his letters are written in marker. At one point, she even thinks her ex-husband is her stalker. My first book by this author but this one just wasn't for me. Had a hard time getting into it and kept confusing Cam and Cooper. There were some typos in the advanced reader copy that also threw me off.
Cathie_Dyer | 11 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |



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