Saturday, January 5, 2019

Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Paperback Edition
I've been meaning to read the paperback edition of Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson since it landed in my possession in December 2013. 

I first became acquainted with Joshilyn Jackson as an author when I listened to the unabridged audio version of her novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming in 2013, which I loved by the way. Because I enjoyed reading a prior novel by Joshilyn Jackson and also in an effort to read older books in my 'to be read' pile, I decided to make Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson my first read of 2019!! I am so happy that I did read this contemporary fiction novel as it had me captivated from start to finish.

The writing, the storyline, and characters for Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson are splendid! I enjoyed the alternating chapters that blended the past with the present to help propel the plot forward for Gods In Alabama and helped build suspense as the plot unfolds... And of course, the first paragraph for Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson hooks you in immediately; "There are Gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus. I left one back there myself, back in Possett. I kicked it under the kudzu and left it to the roaches."

The following is a plot summary for Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson from Amazon:
For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist) Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home. As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.
I am giving Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


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    1. Glad you liked this novel as well.

      I also have Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson in my 'to be read' pile. I'm hoping to get to it later this year as well.

  2. I need to try this author - thanks!