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 teWith 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 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
The Almost Sisters 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 disti
I swear, every time I pick up a book written by Joshilyn Jackson I say it s the best she s ever written and she cannot possibly top it, but every time I m wrong I had a feeling before ever cracking the spine just kidding, I m not a monster to my books that this one was special Sure, the cover is gorgeous and swoon worthy and the blurb on the back was just the right amount of intrigue and feels, but my intuition was telling me that there was something deeper here, something complex to the plot t [...]
My whole life I d seen only one I loved my South, though I could see how it was broken, plagued still with the legacies of slavery and war and segregation, history and a thousand unseen walls divided up the territory so that we had a black Baptist church and a white one, and the narrow aisle between the color coded lunch tables at the high school was invisibly a chasm filled with dragons Still, I always thought my homeland was a single place I was wrong.The South was like that optical illusion d [...]
Update WOW GREAT DAILY DEAL 1.99 Kindle download today VERY ENJOYABLE Jackson s creative juices are flying high with her STORY WITHIN THIS STORY It s sooooo good, that I want to BUY A COPY of the created graphic novel , Violence in Violet with drawings of rabbits fat mice puffy birds etc I would pay for this paper graphic novel Leia s Lay , messages through her graphic art words are powerful linking this entire novel together.about RELATIONSHIPS of all kinds Violet s story happened to everyone A [...]
This is the 2nd novel I ve read by this author and she continues to impress me They tend to be written on the lighter side and when I started this, I rolled my eyes and thought, really the protagonist is a cartoonist A superhero one,too With a one night stand Gag me Is this a beach read Turns out there is to the story than the surface stuff Jackson is an engaging writer who takes a story and spins it with a weaving of lightness even with serious subjects pregnancy, separation, murder, Alzheime [...]
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson is a William Morrow publication An insane and highly addicting concoction of quirky southern drama Set in Alabama, this story centers around Leia Birch Briggs, a comic book illustrator, trying to give her most famous character new life with a prequel But, her personal problems soon take precedent over her career difficulties, when, after tying one on at a comic convention, Leia discovers her one night stand with Batman has resulted in an unexpected pregnanc [...]
I adore this author, will read anything she writes How many author can combine the grace and elegance of the south while deftly showing many of the issues that are still apparent underneath the charming veneer Can combine the devastating effects of lewey bodies, Batman, sex crazed rabbits, a graphic artist, old bones and a church supper where the wrong food is served with humorous results and make it all work I laughed so hard and will never look at salmon quite the same way again She uses a lig [...]
This is the third book I have read by Joshilyn Jackson and with every one I read I want to read another I have several of her earlier books to read yet, but I couldn t resist this recently published book given the chance to read it This novel is so readable I know people say that a lot and it may not make sense because all books can be read For me it s the ease of reading about relatable characters, a realistic story infused with humor and comical moments amidst some crisis situations facing the [...]
Oh my, I really enjoyed this book This is a book of Southern origins It combines a story line of race relationships, super heroes, single motherhood, and long buried secrets.I ve only read one other book by this author and enjoyed both I will be reading of her work
4 quirky, superhero stars to Joshilyn Jackson s The Almost Sisters Review of the audio read by the author Joshilyn Jackson s narration was so entertaining I will be listening to all of her future books The Almost Sisters starts out silly but fun The main character has a rendezvous with Batman yes, Batman at a cartoon convention References to Batman had me chuckling throughout However, Joshilyn Jackson, in her trademark quirky, fun, there s to it than meets the eye, style, delves into some deepe [...]
4.5 Stars The first Joshilyn Jackson book I read was Someone Else s Love Story, which has a special place in my heart since it was my introduction to Jackson in the first place How can you not love a book that begins the way that one does I haven t yet read one of her novels that I didn t enjoy, but I ve loved some than others, her style of writing has matured along the way, but with The Almost Sisters it seems to have smoothly merged into that sweet spot she created with her earlier novels Le [...]
Funny, quirky, and endearing are words that come to mind when I think of this novel There are two sets of almost sisters Leia and her stepsister Rachel, and Leia s 90 year old grandmother and her long time best friend, Wattie Graphic novelist Leia is 38, single, and pregnant She is trying to find a way to tell her family, but before she has a chance to do so, she discovers her stepsister Rachel s marriage is in trouble and unbeknownst to her, her grandmother has been showing signs of dementia Al [...]
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 [...]
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A successful career, an ailing grandmother, a one night stand, and a Southern family with untold secrets.Leia had always been close to her grandmother, but did she really know her grandmother After finding out her grandmother has been suffering with dementia for over 10 years, Leia puts the job she loves on hold and goes to Alabama to see what actually is going on.What Leia finds at her grandmother s home isn t what she had expected, and coupled with her unexpected pregnancy was a bit overwhelme [...]
I have wanted to read Joshilyn Jackson for awhile now and was thrilled to get my hands on her newest novel There were aspects of this I enjoyed the feisty southern ladies, the quaint southern town and the mystery of the bones The comic book part, however, for me just didn t fit in the story Overall, 3.5 stars.
Every time I read a book by this author I come away feeling as though the characters are personal friends Her first person narration, the humor, the contemporary issues, and her knowledge of human nature make the story come to life in a special way.And boy, does she know the South She knows our goodness, our badness, our stupidity and wisdom, our craziness and our tragedy.In this book, she lets us see a little chink in the darkness of racial prejudice, and the hypocrisy of one group of people th [...]
The Almost Sisters combines wildly different subjects including Batman, Lewy bodies a form of dementia , family drama, the Old South, a graphic novelist and decades old bones into a story that drew me in from the beginning The protagonist, Leia Birch Briggs, finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with an anonymous Batman she met at a comic book convention As she debates how to tell her family, she learns that her usually perfect stepsister Rachel is having her own troubles and that her n [...]
The Almost Sisters is the second Joshylin Jackson audio book I enjoyed I don t know what it is about her writing that just grabs me and doesn t let go Interestingly enough, in the beginning, it takes me a little bit of time to get comfortable with Jackson s Southern accent she s reading the novel herself , but as I get into the story, I end up really liking it Go figure Jackson is an excellent narrator She s even got a beautiful singing voice Some people are endowed with many talents.I m guessi [...]
4 stars The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson was a very impressive and enjoyable read Full review to follow shortly
Leia Birch Briggs is a self professed nerd a graphic novelist with a penchant for comic books, Wonder Woman, and online gaming So it s not exactly surprising that, with the help of tequila, she d fall for a handsome man in a Batman costume at a comics convention in Atlanta What comes next is a bit of a surprise Leia is pregnant from that one night stand, and it s up to her to tell her over protective family and very Southern grandmother To top it off, said Batman was African American not exactl [...]
Loved, loved, loved this book Leia Birch has hit the trifecta of family emergencies An unexplained rift in her perfect stepsister s marriage A pregnancy from a one night stand But the one requiring her immediate attention is her beloved grandmother s long hidden dementia manifesting publicly at the church s fish fry Fixing all these problems certainly won t prove easy, but it will prove entertaining and thoughtful Block off some time, you won t be able to put this one down.
3.5 stars Review soon
Southern goth at its best Loved it
I enjoyed the novelty of listening to the author narrating her own book, l also enjoyed the Southern charm that all her books have And of course, the humor and quirky characters always fit right in.But here is the thing, I don t think this was her best work It felt too cutesy chick lit for me to warrant a higher rating I think all her books has these elements but the previous books I read felt like there was a bit meat to the bone.In theory, this story should have a lot of substance It follows [...]
What it s all aboutLeia has a complicated relationship with her perfect stepsister Rachel I think it would seriously spoil this incredible book if I gave potential readers any serious details Just know that Leia s life changes after meeting someone at a comic festival and Rachel s life changes because of her husband They both end up in Birchville, Alabama at Leia s grandmother s house Birchville and Leia s grandmother and Leia s grandmother s best friend Wattie are the heart of this story Why I [...]
I ve read all Joshilyn Jackson s books, but this was my first audio, read by the author herself I loved Wattie and Birchie s accents and their relationship I absolutely adore Joshilyn s sense of humor no matter how dire the situation, she can still get you smiling It was very interesting to learn about what goes into the creation of graphic novels, and see how small little details in the illustrations has big meanings for the people that read them The only reason this book does not get stars is [...]
2.5 stars It s always a gamble when trying a new author I d heard many great things about Jackson, so I was excited to give this a go Unfortunately, this just wasn t for me While there were a few things that I enjoyed, the negatives outweighed the positive made my experience lackluster.
3.5 As I don t often read chick lit books, I was very surprised to have enjoyed this book and was engaged in both the story and the characters There are some very real and still current social issues involved in the plotline and this aided my enjoyment One day we will be discussing such issues in an historical sense, but maybe not in my lifetime Recommended for comic book lovers also, lots of references to drawing, creativity and SUPERHEROES yay
2.5 stars rounded up to 3First of all I must state that I am not a gamer nor do I like or really know graphic novels which to me seem quite a bit violence prone Therefore on this level, this book with its allusions to these two things held little allure for me I also was put off by the drunken one night stand that resulted in a pregnancy That being said I did like the story of Birchie and Wattie and their devotion to one another.So much of the story seemed a bit too contrived and the author seem [...]
5 Batman Race Relations in the South Stars for the story and narration This women s fiction title was fascinating It delivered on so many fronts, from humor to mystery to even the very timely topic of race relations in the South I will definitely be looking for of Ms Jackson s works in the future.The narration was also great Source Playster membership.