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The Almost Sisters Audiobook

The Almost Sisters: A Novel

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With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of Gods in Alabama presents 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 38-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 stepsister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved 90-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.

©2017 Joshilyn Jackson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    tooonce72 07-13-17
    tooonce72 07-13-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Fans will be Pleased as Punch!"

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    xactly the book that fans of this author come back time and time to drink up. It’s quaint, quirky, funny and oh so southern - as usual. Joshilyn Jackson fine-tuned product. I count the days till release, then plan extra reading time in my schedule because I know once I start, it’s going to be hard to put down.

    I must say though that Almost Sisters took a little longer to get into than normal. The scenario felt pushed and pulled to fit an agenda or story line that the author was trying satisfy. It took a long time till it began to flow naturally. Some of the one liners in this book are remember ably hysterical. This book really showcased Joshilyn Jackson’s sharp wit and killer humor.

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    Lillian 07-13-17
    Lillian 07-13-17 Member Since 2013

    I am all about books and have been since I read my first chapter book. I am a paranormal, science fiction, historical fiction and romance fanatic! I am also a high school English teacher...go figure.

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    "Another great book"

    I was excited for the release date of this latest Jackson book and I was not disappointed. As always, the prose was moving and the story memorable. I always find myself thinking of Jackson's characters long after their story is done.

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    Cara Atlanta, GA 07-21-17
    Cara Atlanta, GA 07-21-17
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    "Didn't want it to end!"

    Absolutely beautiful! A captivating read from the very beginning, with characters you can't help but love.

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    Linda Salem, OR, USA 07-20-17
    Linda Salem, OR, USA 07-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Dazzled!"

    Once again I am dazzled by Joshilyn Jackson's writing and her narration of it as well. I love the way she can turn a phrase, describe things and make the human condition so human! I will wait now for the next book and smile thinking of all that I've read/listened to already! This one is made even better by the comic book crossover and the understanding of a loved one failing slowly to their brain conditions. Thank you Joshilyn Jackson.

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    Elainedavis@pry... 07-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another terrific novel"

    I love this book. Each character is so well defined. The story is complex with the characters so believable and so familiar that it is easy to identify with each of them as the book unfolds. I am never disappointed with Joshilyn Jackson's novels. Each is a treat to be lived with and savored as long as possible. I'm always sad to read the last page and let go of these new and dear friends.

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    Mary Switzer 07-19-17
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    "Spectacular in every way!"

    the almost sisters is my favorite book of hers and that is really saying something! It is funny charming insightful thought-provoking relevant.. . perfect. I love the way she develops the story and then slowly reaches completion rather than spending the whole book building up to a crescendoand leaving nothing for readers at the end. the characters are so dear that's the only word I can think of they become dear to you through the story. I think having the author read the story in exactly the tempo and inflection that it was intended adds a lot but this book could be enjoyed in any medium. now that it's over I want to visit Alabama and take up reading graphic novels!

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    M. Barger Memphis, TN 07-18-17
    M. Barger Memphis, TN 07-18-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Another fantastic journey"

    Some books take a while to get into. Jackson has never left me with that problem. Her way of spinning worlds you can't wait to visit and then making them so you're sad to leave is unique and beautiful. The Almost Sisters is no exception. The characters are beautifully written continuing Jacksons offering of female strength and southern charm. She is my favorite author by far and again did not disappoint. Thank you

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-18-17
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-18-17 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Cluttered story lines"

    While I have enjoyed many of Jackson’s previous works, this one did not satisfy as well for me. In spite of her usual deft wordsmanship injecting delightful humor in surprising places, there are plotting and pacing problems that made this a bit of a disappointment.

    The story is overstuffed with too many subplots and characters, making it impossible to give her usual biting clarity to many of them. The first person POV left many crucial characters flat. The first half of the book moves very slowly, setting up these plot lines, but does pick up at the halfway point.

    The thread she uses to tie her plot points together is the subtle and sometimes not so subtle racism and classism that exists in small town southern communities. While her point is a valid one, it was hammered over and over, becoming preachy. The result is a story that is forced and contrived in its effort to bring all the threads together by the end. I was especially disappointed in the lack of depth to the Batman's character.

    Finally, the comic book aspect of the story was truly interesting and integral to the plot. But because graphic novels are by nature a visual art, I found it difficult to get a mind’s eye view of what Jackson was trying to describe. This became a distraction that pulled me out of the story more than once.

    Jackson’s narration was generally good, but her Batman was the exception, shifting from a painful stutter to an annoying sexy bedroom voice. Not her best.

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    Bobbi 07-18-17
    Bobbi 07-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!"

    Joshilyn Jackson is a great storyteller, and listening to her delightful voice relate this story was pure joy - I laughed, I cried, I marveled at the talent that created such a multi-faceted novel that deals with some serious issues. Throughout, her incredible facility with words pulled me in and held me fast. Her characters are believably human, and flawed - as all of us are, in our own unique ways.

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    "Jackson's best yet"

    Really worth my time. This is a good story with great characters. the author does a superb job narrating her own story.

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