Thursday, July 13, 2006

Meet Joshilyn Jackson

"Meet" isn't exactly the right word, as you're probably familiar with this critically-acclaimed bestselling author of Gods in Alabama. Smart readers everywhere fell in love with her first book, and are already gobbling up her newest, Between, Georgia. Here's the summary:

Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase "in between a rock and a hard place" better than any woman alive. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two men: a husband who's easing out the back door; and a best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in the her front yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who lost her and won't forget how they were done wrong.

Now, in BETWEEN, GEORGIA, population 90, a feud is escalating, and random act of violence is about to ignite a stash of family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needs ...if only Nonny weren't stuck in between.

And here's just a small taste of the accolades this extraordinary book is getting:

***Starred Kirkus Review***
"In her accomplished second novel, Jackson sweeps the reader away to where gravel crunches underfoot and the smell of corn bread wafts in the air. The plot is precise and sweet, and Jackson includes the perfect ingredients: quirky characters, a picturesque setting and ample surprises. Evocative and lovingly crafted."

***Starred Booklist***
"Jackson returns with a second quirky and touching novel about the South. Jackson has been compared to Fannie Flagg, and rightfully so; her characters are vivid and lovable, put in situations that are so hard to explain it's just easier to pass the book lovingly along to a friend. A climatic ending with perfect story resolution makes this book tidy and uplifting, and even the most cynical reader will surely smile as the back cover closes."

This is one of those books I want to own, and not just borrow from the library. I'm that confident I'm going to love it. So even though I haven't yet read it, I'm giving it a strong recommendation. You can buy Between, Georgia at your local chain or independent bookstore, or from any online bookseller. For more information, visit Joshilyn's website at

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