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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 te
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by William Morrow
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    Michelle I believe it was a show of support. I also think the author might included that detail symbolically as the "death" Old South.
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    Chelsea Humphrey
    May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Marybeth Whalen
    Shelves: from-publisher
    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 more complex to th ...more
    Will Byrnes
    Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction
    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 ill
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    Elyse Walters
    May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    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 al
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    Jen
    Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is the 2nd novel I've read by this author and she continues to impress me. They tend to be written more 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 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
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    Julie
    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 preg
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    Diane S ☔
    Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
    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
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    Karen
    Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
    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 more of her work!
    Angela M
    Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
    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 facin ...more
    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 more to it than meets the eye, style,
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    Cheri
    Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 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
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    Joshilyn Jackson
    Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Shelves: books-i-wrote
    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
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    JanB
    Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 demen
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    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 overwhelm
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    Lori
    Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Diane Barnes
    Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
    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
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    Sue Em
    Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Diana
    Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    4-1/2 Stars!

    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
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    Cindy Burnett
    Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: edelweiss
    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 h ...more
    Bianca
    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 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
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    Norma * Traveling Sister
    4 stars!

    The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson was a very impressive and enjoyable read!

    Full review to follow shortly
    Kristy
    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 more 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: ...more
    Myrna
    Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
    Good summer read with southern characters and setting. The Almost Sisters was realistic with characters you care about. Well written story that explores race, family, and a few secrets. The comic book plot weaved throughout the novel diminished my interest in the novel, though. I recommend listening to the audiobook read by the author. 3.5★s!
    Sonja Arlow
    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 more meat to the bone.

    In theory, this story should have a lot of substance. It
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    Tammy
    Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: release-2017
    Southern goth at its best! Loved it!
    Holly  B

    3.5 stars

    Review soon...
    Trevor
    Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
    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.
    Rana
    Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    So, completely ignore the cover. In fact, take the cover out back, shoot it, burn the remains, and then shoot them again. It's a horrible cover that has very little to do with the actual story.

    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
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    Patty
    Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing


    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
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    DeB MaRtEnS
    Opening the pages of a novel by Joshilyn Jackson becomes much like settling in for a great visit with an old friend whom I’ve missed dearly. The bonus is that the life experiences since we last met up are always going to be more complicated than my own in ways I might have never considered. I’ll exit the storytelling feeling a combination of compassion, recognition and a degree of relief that the latest instalment manages to find positivity in the midst of humanity’s ongoing craziness.

    Jackson w
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    Tania
    Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction, audio, 2017
    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 mor ...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
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