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The Almost Sisters
by Joshilyn Jackson
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Good story that highlights the racial divide in the South. ( )
This book started out really annoying me and ended up redeeming itself. There was one line toward the beginning where the narrator said the superpower she wanted as a kid, like most girls, was Super Pretty. If it weren't for that "like most girls" bit, I probably would have let it slide. Instead, I stewed and was pissed off enough I didn't want to finish the book until Litsy peeps convinced me to continue.
(I wanted to control time, FYI. None of that Super Pretty BS.)
But I did continue the book and ended up loving it. This is a bit of a weird book, genre-wise. The cover looks like it is a contemporary fiction book that is marketed to the "women's lit" crowd (oh, how I hate that term). But the main character is a huge geek, a popular comic book writer and artist, and got knocked up by a cosplay Batman. I noticed that a number of reviews noted that the comic book stuff was a bit of a turn-off. I argue that the cover is a bit of a turn-off for the geeky lit crowd who is really who the book should have been marketed for.
(Note to marketing people: know your audience!)
The plot was incredibly compelling, full of small-town politics and small-mindedness (but also community), racial tension, family secrets and mystery, and questions of what makes a family. I ended up loving the book a lot. The plot was twisty and while I thought I had it all figured out, it still managed to throw me some curveballs.
I just love Joshilyn Jackson. I have not read one of her books that I did not love. This one was no exception. Set in the south (as always) its the story of many different family secrets, and old habits and prejudices that die hard everywhere. Beautifully written with just enough southern sass and rich characters. The way she puts words together is just magical. I could totally see this one being a movie, of course starring Reese Witherspoon!! If you haven't read Jackson's books you need to!
5 stars. Every time I finish one of Joshilyn Jackson's books, I think it's her best one yet. This is no exception. Wow. Just. Wow.
I loved this book! It made me smile every time I opened it up! My favorite was Watty.
With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are. Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy--an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood. Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
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