- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (15 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034089668X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340896686
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gods In Alabama Paperback – 15 Aug 2005
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'Joshilyn Jackson's stellar debut has all the elements of great southern fiction, a plucky heroine with a sense of humour, a gripping tale and a mysterious dead body that needs explanation. Arlene Fleet, with a crystal clear voice and purpose takes the reader on a wild ride of despair, hope and redemption that no reader is likely to ever forget. What a storyteller! What a new, original voice!'
Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia
Now there's a new Southern talent and Jackson's debut is a startling page turner... This is a beautifully crafted, sassy novel, where nothing is quite as it seems, and the way the final pieces of the jigsaw slot together... should surprise even the most jaded of readers. (Glamour)
'This winning novel is the kind that readers crave: you can't stop turning the pages, but you wish it would never end. If Gods in Alabama becomes a best-seller, I won't be a bit surprised'
Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth
If you're looking for a lively, fun, yet compelling read, you've come to the right place! (Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife)
I couldn't put this book down. From the first chapter, the plot leaps forward, and it doesn't stop twisting and turning until the last page . . . Funky and cool (Melanie Sumner, author of The School of Beauty)
GODS IN ALABAMA is a compelling, darkly humorous read that kept me turning the pages (Haywood Smith, author of The Red Hats Ride Agai)
'What a storyteller! What an original new voice!' Adriana TrigianiSee all Product description
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It is sad in places but not upsetting & is easy to read - one for holidays perhaps although I read it in large chunks at home in any free time I got!
The twists and turns of the storyline keep you interested and whilst the ending may be a little 'happy ever after' I really enjoyed the book and would read more by this author.
The poor, mixed-up child creeps into your heart and makes her problems your own.
I travelled the road to the exciting conclusion with her, and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
A great read!
I found Lena, the main character, very likeable and really felt like I understood enough about the rest of the characters, their motivations and their background. Essentially this is a story about life, what's going on beneath the surface that you often don't know about people, and the influence of place and culture on things like racism, religion and familial expectation. Highly recommended.
Overall, it was an awful read for me though, because the book contains graphic, violent sexual abuse, and violence against women who are in fact only children. Unsettling early hints are unfortunately followed by one whole section -- pages and pages of really upsetting, explicit violence and sexual violence, which was not necessary for the flow of the book. I am not into violence of any kind, and certainly not into rape, and I do not like to be tricked into reading about it. A paragraph to suggest past trauma would have sufficed, for the reader to understand the back story. The author's choice to wallow in nightmarish stuff is bizarre, but now I know that so-called romance novels are, bizarrely, littered with rape. This book should have come with a warning on the cover, like rating on films; the cover or the blurb should clearly state that some readers might find this book upsetting. There is nothing, neither on the blurbs or on the pretty and innocuous cover illustration, to indicate there is something really nasty inside. When I got the unpleasant parts, I turned the offending pages quickly but I still had to skim-read to get to the end and understand the story. Had I known that it contains such vile stuff, I would have never touched this book.
However I cannot praise the book highly enough especially for a first novel and the only one of hers that I have read.
I usually read a book right through in a couple of days however really savoured this one by only reading a few pages every day and allowing the story to take time to come to fruition.
Suffice to say that the true test of a good book is not how fast you read it but how you feel as the pages draw to a close for once I was counting the pages and wishing there were more and I felt very sad as I reached the end.
I can recommend this to anyone who likes a good story to be told without any flashy literary tricks and gimmicks with sufficient honesty and surprise to captivate and enthrall - give this girl a go and I am sure you will be hooked.
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