The Almost Sisters
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One te ...more
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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....more
The South was like that optical ill
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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 al ...more
Gag me. Is this a beach read?
Turns out there is more 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, m ...more
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 preg ...more
She uses a ...more
I've only read one other book by this author and enjoyed both. I will be reading more of her work!
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 more to it than meets the eye, style, ...more
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 more than others, her style of writing has matured along the way, but with “The Almost Sisters” it seems to have more smoothly merged into that sweet spot she created with her earl ...more
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 ...more
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 demen ...more
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 overwhelm ...more
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 ...more
I laughed MANY times during this book! I have never read Joshilyn Jackson before and I don’t know why not because she is a talented author.
The main character, Leia, who is a graphic novelist, is called to Alabama to sort things out in her grandmother’s town. When she gets there, all kinda hell breaks loose all over the place! This author has taken many seemingly unlikely scenarios and combined them into one book in a seamless easy way that I don’t even question them. Jackson’s flow ...more
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 more 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 talent ...more
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 more meat to the bone.
In theory, this story should have a lot of substance. It ...more
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.
Rinse and repeat with the title. Awful title. Worst title ever.
And ya know what? It's such a disgusting marketing ploy. Like they wanted a particular kind of woman to read this, I'm not going to make any judgements, but let's just say mom-jeans ahoy.
But the book is amazing and has such depth and intelli ...more
What it's all about...
Leia 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 ...more
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New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, Someone Else's Love Story, and The Opposite of Everyone. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Se ...more