• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 29, 2018)
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 and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
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About Joshilyn Jackson
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.
[ I recieved a copy of The Almost Sisters from @tlcbooktours for an honest review]
The Almost Sisters is a complex story that involves a geeky comic book artist, an unplanned baby, family secrets, and racism.
The main character Leia , I feel is relateable in so many ways to so many women. Whether it’s first time moms, planned or unplanned, someone who has had to become parent like to older family members. To those who have had to face the realization that maybe the world isn’t as you always thought it was. Leia has one thing after another thrown at her in this book. Her state of unplanned pregnancy, her baby’s father, her step sisters marriage trouble, her nieces sadness, her grandmothers dementia, and secrets hidden in the attic. Somehow she manages to overcome with the help of those around her and her subconscious coming through in her artwork. This book was full of so many strong characters, each as interesting as the next, who all added something to the story. I honestly don’t think I could pick a favorite!
One of my favorite aspects of the book was Leia’s comic book Violence in Violet. It would be a comic I would pick up and read in a heartbeat. I love how she uses it as a way to work through and come to turns with her own issues and feelings.
This is my first Joshilyn Jackson novel and won’t be my last. The Almost Sisters was a powerful story that tackled some heavy subjects but balanced it perfectly with humor and feel good moments.
“You don’t see it but next happens anyways and always. With or without you.”