A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty Synopsis
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.
A Grown-Up Kind Of Pretty Press Reviews
Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy! --Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine A clever, hilarious, wild adventure of a mystery that immediately pulls you in. You'll be desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree-and will love every delicious layer of Joshilyn Jackson's latest. --Jennifer McMahon, author of Don't Breathe a Word and Promise Not To Tell A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page. --Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick! --Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House An unforgettable story of generational dysfunction and sloppily buried secrets. --Theresa Weaver, Atlanta Magazine Gripping. --Chris Waddington, The Times Picayune A quirky mystery that serves up a delicious blend of likeable characters, plot twists and life as seen through the eyes of three remarkable women in a Southern family, namely Mosey, Ginny, and Liza. The dialogue is authentic and the writing insightful and unexpectedly witty. --Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen Compelling....Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters... The Slocumb women are easy to root for. --Hannah Sampson, Miami Herald-Tribune Three generations of Slocumbs grapple with deep-buried family secrets in this entertaining Southern whodunit. --All You Magazine Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters. --Kirkus Reviews A deeply felt, engaging story. --The Atlantic Jackson's signature style-the feisty, bighearted voice of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints-propels this funny, dark whodunit, where strong women who've made bad choices band together to come out on top. --Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [A] warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up. --Library Journal [There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time. --Gina Webb, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A valentine to the bonds of family! --Family Circle Highly immersive... a compelling page turner. --PW Praise for A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives... Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core. --Kristine Huntley, Booklist (Starred Review)