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The Almost Sisters (Hardcover)

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I avoided picking this one up for the longest time. I mean, after a while, you just know that after almost a dozen books, a flop is around the corner, right? Law of averages. After last year's knock-it-outta-the-park novel, how could she top it? Still, I couldn't resist. I just love her!

And there you go. Joshilyn Jackson just keeps getting better and better, and her latest book, The Almost Sisters (no idea if we'll get signed copies) just stunned me with its easy brilliance.

Leia Birch is a highly successful comic book artist living in Virginia. Not only has she drawn every character ever created, she's developed a comic book of her own, Violence in Violet, so she's a star in her own right. But after one tequila-soaked night at a Comic Con, she discovers that her one-night-stand with a dashing black Batman has resulted in a burgeoning biracial baby. She debates telling her family, but then her perfect step-sister, Rachel, dissolves into marital trouble, and the word comes up from Alabama where Leia's paternal 90-year-old grandmother seems to be hit with dementia, well, a little unintended pregnancy suddenly doesn't seem worth mentioning. For now.

I cannot, absolutely can not, get over the people Joshilyn Jackson creates. She has not only got a talent for bringing all her people to vibrant life - flaws, strengths, hopes, quirkiness, anger, passion - but her love of the deep South permeates all her work. And it is nowhere more evident than in The Almost Sisters, where Leia is forced to take an unflinching look at who she is and what her child might have to face.

Joshilyn Jackson has that gentle Southern way of bringing harsh realities into focus without being all judgmental and preachy. The Almost Sisters is an incredibly timely book, and Leia's story is one that I'll want to visit again and again. I know she does stand-alones, but man, I'd love to come back and visit the Birches in a few years, see how they're getting on. They're part of my fictional family now.

— Fran

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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 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062105714
ISBN-10: 006210571X
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English