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Joshilyn Jackson was born and grew up in the Deep South. A former actress and award-winning teacher, she is now a full-time writer. Joshilyn lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their two children.
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Startling. Clever. Thrilling. Different. This book snatched my attention from the moment I entered, and the ending siren-called to me throughout. When new neighbour Roux joins the local book group, she suggests a game that quickly turns Amy’s life upside down. Amy has a secret, and Roux threatens to reveal all, unless Amy plays by her rules. The first chapter is oh so clever, my thoughts twisted, scattered, re-grouped. I was desperate to know where this was heading, and what was coming. I am not often tempted to peek at the ending, as I love the build, the tension, the reveal. I admit that I almost had to sit on my hands to stop myself from looking! Joshilyn Jackson has created two main characters who entered my mind, knocked down thoughts, and created turbulent feelings. I bristled with indignation, winced and flinched as I read. Never Have I Ever isn’t an easy, obliging read, instead it is wonderfully shocking, completely addictive, and thoroughly entertaining.
Startling. Clever. Thrilling. Different. This book snatched my attention from the moment I entered, and the ending siren-called to me throughout. When new neighbour Roux joins the local book group, she suggests a game that quickly turns Amy’s life upside down. Amy has a secret, and Roux threatens to reveal all, unless Amy plays by her rules. The first chapter is oh so clever, my thoughts twisted, scattered, re-grouped. I was desperate to know where this was heading, and what was coming. I am not often tempted to peek at the ending, as I love the build, the tension, the reveal. I admit that I almost had to sit on my hands to stop myself from looking! Joshilyn Jackson has created two main characters who entered my mind, knocked down thoughts, and created turbulent feelings. I bristled with indignation, winced and flinched as I read. Never Have I Ever isn’t an easy, obliging read, instead it is wonderfully shocking, completely addictive, and thoroughly entertaining. I’ve chosen the fabulous Never Have I Ever as one of my picks of the month.
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.I adore the American small town dramatic novel, preferably with a murder, and this debut is one of the best in this area. The characterisation is superb, the prejudice and pettiness beautifully handled and the heroine has such a dilemma you really cannot see how she will get through. Suspenseful, addictive and truly memorable, it is a must-read if ever there was one.Comparison: Adriana Trigiani, Rebecca Wells, Alice Hoffman.Similar this month: None, but try Annabel Dilke or Nicky Pellegrino.
'A gripping domestic thriller ... Jackson knows how to ratchet up the suspense' Publishers Weekly It's every mother's worst nightmare. 'If you ever want to see your baby again, GO HOME. Tell no one. Do not call the police. Do not call your husband. Be at your house by 5:15 PM. Or he's gone for good...' Marrying into a family with wealth, power and connections, Bree now has the perfect life: an adoring lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters and a baby boy. But that perfect life is about to break. Watching from the balcony as her daughter rehearses for her school play, Bree's baby vanishes. And then her phone rings... To get her son back alive, Bree must complete one small but critical task. It seems harmless enough, but this one action comes with a devastating price. And now Bree finds herself complicit in a terrible crime, caught up in a tangled web of secrets that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Revenge doesn't wait for permission. Praise for Joshilyn Jackson 'A master of domestic suspense' Entertainment Weekly 'Jackson writes the kind of book that will set even the most blameless on edge, leaving us to wonder who might know our imperfect histories' Christina Dalcher 'Jackson raises the stakes again and again' Guardian
A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story and gods in Alabama-an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives. Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula's birth name Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own-one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. Separated, each holding secrets of her own, the intense bond they once shared was fractured. These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn't seen Kai in fifteen years, she's still making payments on that Karmic debt-until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mysterious note: I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works. Then Kai's most treasured secret literally lands on Paula's doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it's too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together-her own. The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us ...and make us whole. Laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is beloved New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.
Una abogada ferozmente independiente, experta en divorcios, descubre la importancia de la familia y de los vinculos personales cuando recibe un enigmatico mensaje de su madre, con la que no se habla desde hace anos. Una historia de profundas resonancias sentimentales acerca de la perdurabilidad del amor y del poder de la narracion para conformar y transformar nuestras vidas.Nacida en Alabama, Paula Vauss llevo durante sus primeros diez anos de vida una existencia itinerante junto a su madre, Kai, una joven de espiritu rebelde que mezclaba en sus cuentos la mitologia hindu con la tradicion oral surena para reinventar, a lo largo de su periplo, la historia de ambas. Todo eso, sin embargo, cambio drasticamente cuando Paula conto su propia historia: un relato que condujo a Kai a prision y a Paula a un hogar de acogida. Separadas, roto el intenso vinculo que las unia, ambas seguirian guardando celosamente sus secretos.Mucho despues, convertida en una implacable y prospera abogada matrimonialista afincada en Atlanta, Paula seguia pagando la deuda karmica que habia contraido con Kai, a la que no veia desde hacia quince anos. Hasta el dia en que su madre le devolvio el ultimo cheque que le habia enviado, junto con una nota desconcertante: Me voy de viaje, Kali. Vuelvo a mis origenes. La muerte no es el final. El final seras tu. Volveremos a encontrarnos y habra historias nuevas que contar. Ya sabes como funciona el karma.Poco despues, el secreto mejor guardado de Kai llamo literalmente a la puerta de Paula, dando un vuelco a su vida y transformandola de hija unica en hermana mayor. Ansiosa por encontrar a su madre antes de que fuera demasiado tarde, Paula emprendio un viaje de descubrimiento que la llevo de vuelta al pasado y la obligo a internarse en los rincones mas profundos de su corazon. Con ayuda de Birdwine, su exnovio, esta mujer brillante, especializada en romper familias, tendria que descubrir como recomponer la suya propia.____________Distinto a todos, rene las mejores cualidades narrativas de Joshilyn Jackson. Es autora de seis novelas anteriores con las que ha alcanzado la lista de los libros ms vendidos del New York Times, entre ellas Hay dioses en Alabama. Sus libros han sido traducidos a doce idiomas. Actriz profesional antes de consagrarse a la escritura, Jackson es tambin una reconocida narradora de audiolibros.The Opposite of EveryoneEs una novela tan absorbente, hbil e inteligente que resulta tentador leerla de un tirn, hasta el final. Los lectores cuidadosos disfrutarn de los intrincados estratos de la narracin, cuyos hilos argumentales, tanto reales como mticos, se enriquecen y contraponen formando una trama compleja. Jackson se inspira en el folklore rural de Alabama y en la antigua mitologa india y entrelaza impecablemente relatos diversos para crear un crescendo que parece salido de un cuento de Flannery O'Connor: sorprendente, ineludible y maravillosamente autntico, en el pleno sentido de la palabra. Me encant este libro y a ustedes tambin les encantar.Sara Gruen, autora de Agua para elefantes y El agua de la vida
Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem-or what we hope they will be. Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son. Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It's been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his world. But William doesn't define destiny the way others do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in facts and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.
Every fifteen years, trouble comes after the Slocumb women. Now, as their youngest turns fifteen, a whole new kind of commotion is chasing all three generations. Mosey's desperate to know who used their yard as a make-shift cemetery - and why. The oldest, forty-five year old Ginny, fights to protect Mosey from the truth, a fight that could cost Ginny the love of her life. Between them is Liza, silenced by a stroke, with the answers trapped inside her. To survive Liza's secrets and Mosey's insistent adventures, Ginny must learn to trust the love that braids the strands of their past - and stop at nothing to defend their future.
In der winzigen Kleinstadt Between in Georgia kennt jeder jeden. Und zwischen den Fretts und den Crabtrees gibt es eine lange Geschichte von bosem Blut. Die Familien hassen sich seit Jahren, aber als die funfzehnjahrige arme Hazel Crabtree ihre unerwunschte Tochter mitten im Wohnzimmer ihrer Nachbarin Bernese Frett zur Welt bringt, wird das kleine rothaarige Crabtree-Baby sofort von Berneses Schwester Stacia adoptiert. Die drei Frett-Schwestern, Bernese, Stacia und deren Zwillingsschwester Genny, kummern sich liebevoll um die kleine Nonny. Aber sie ist kaum aus den Windeln heraus, als ihre biologische Gromutter Ona Crabtree Verdacht schopft, Nonny konnte in Wirklichkeit vielleicht eine Crabtree sein. Von da an steckt Nonny immer mitten in der Familienfehde und hat genug damit zu tun, die Friedensstifterin zu spielen. Als Erwachsene muss Nonny ihr eigenes chaotisches Leben und ihren Fast-Exmann verlassen, um nach Between zuruckzukehren, bevor die Dinge auer Kontrolle geraten. Dort lernt sie dass die Fretts nicht unbedingt die anstandigen Burger sind, als die sie sich ausgeben, und dass nicht alle Crabtrees ubel sind. Schlielich steht sie nicht mehr nur zwischen zwei Familien, sondern auch zwischen zwei Mannern ...
Laurel Gray lebt mit Mann und Kind in einer typischen Vorstadt in Florida. Eines Nachts treibt die Leiche der 13-jahrigen Freundin ihrer Tochter im Pool der Familie, und die vermeintliche Idylle zerbricht. Nur eine kann Laurel in dieser Krise helfen: ihre tatkraftige Schwester Thalia, mit der sie eine lange Hassliebe verbindet und die wie eine Naturgewalt in den Alltag der Grays einbricht.Joshilyn Jackson zieht ihre Leser unaufhaltsam in diese Geschichte zweier Schwestern, die zeigt, dass Blut wirklich dicker ist als Wasser.
Kein Sex, keine Lugen und kein ZuruckArlene Fleet hat Gott drei Dinge versprochen, bevor sie nach Chicago aufs College ging: Sie wird keinen Sex mehr haben, sie wird nicht mehr lugen, und sie wird niemals mehr in ihre Heimatstadt Possett in Alabama zuruckkehren. Alles, was sie im Gegenzug dafur erwartet, ist ein Wunder: dass die Leiche von Jim Beverly nie gefunden wird. Doch nun taucht eine allzu neugierige ehemalige Mitschulerin bei ihr auf, und Arlenes Freund will unbedingt ihre Familie kennenlernen. Der Finger des Schicksals zeigt nach Suden, wo die Wahrheit auf Arlene wartet ... Eine herrlich tragikomische Geschichte von Freundschaft, Mord, Liebe und Betrug, mit einer sympathischen Heldin, deren Flucht vor ihrer Vergangenheit ebenso lustig wie herzzerreiend ist.
A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.
"e;Enthralling...pulls you in and won't let you out until the last page."e; - Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The HelpRose Mae Lolley's mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's living the very life her mother abandoned. She's all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it's time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did. Starring a minor character from Jackson's bestselling gods in Alabama, BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with its stunning portrayal of the measures a mother will take to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will travel to satisfy the demands of forgiveness.
Laurel Hawthorne has worked hard to create a good life for her family, determined not to raise her daughter in the subdued, secretive household that she herself grew up in. And everything is just fine until the night she is awoken by a ghost in her bedroom; the ghost of 14-year-old neighbour Molly, whose body is now floating, face-down and lifeless in Laurel's swimming pool . . . The whole town thinks it was an accident, but Laurel knows in her bones that there is something more sinister afoot. And that's when her perfect world begins to crumble. With the help of her eccentric sister, Laurel sets off on a mission to investigate what really happened to the girl who stopped swimming. But along the way she starts to uncover the truth about her family, and just what did happen in the woods all those years ago - on a day she has managed to blank out, until now . . .
Laurel Gray Hawthorne hasn't seen a ghost in the thirteen years she and her husband have lived in their beautiful gated community. Then, in the dog days of a Florida August, she wakes to find Molly, her daughter's best friend, standing by her bed, who then leads her to her own small body floating lifelessly in the Hawthornes' pool. Laurel's carefully constructed existence cracks, and the past seeps through. Laurel and her sister, Thalia, grew up in what looked like a typical blue-collar home. But the Grays have long been hiding a skeleton in their closet. While Laurel built her ';perfect' life, Thalia became an actress with a capital A, a woman who doesn't fit in Laurel's tidy world. Now Molly can't rest until someone learns her secrets. Laurel turns to her sister, and together they begin a journey that will unearth their family's history, the true state of Laurel's marriage, and what really happened to the girl who stopped swimming. ';A vivid, smartly calibrated achievement . . . a ghost story, family psychodrama, and murder mystery all in one.'Entertainment Weekly ';A breakthrough novel . . . full of unexpected twists . . . beautifully balances between magical and realist fiction and [close] in tone and voice to Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones or Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe trilogy.'Atlanta Journal-Constitution ';A great tale . . . builds to an exciting and violent ending, one that surprises.'USA Today
Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.