Gods in Alabama
Posted 30th April, 2008 inby Andrea
Ben came home from a Tuesday lunch at Disciples Fellowship a few weeks ago with an author recommendation. Apparently, one of the people at DF has a famous sister, fiction author, Joshilyn Jackson. So I went online, reserved all three of her books from the library, and I've been hooked ever since.
I started with Gods in Alabama which was her first novel. From the very first paragraph, I was enthralled. It's one of those books you don't want to put down, and you go back and re-read sentences because they're so cleverly written, you want to be sure you caught it all. (I don't do that much, I'm more of a speed-reader and skimmer).
The characters are wonderfully well developed and described through the eyes of a main character, Arlene (or Lena). You get her perspective and see the world through her eyes as she goes back to face her quirky southern family and a secret that has kept her from returning home for 10 years.
It's good stuff. A definite reccomend. Now I'm reading her next novel, Between, Georgia.
Note: The language and content is a little rough, so I'd rate it "R".
Also, if your book club would like to read one of her books, and you have access to a speaker phone, you can talk directly with the author about her book! Very cool.