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The biological daughter of poor, scared teenager Hazel Crabtree, Nonny Frett was left at birth with the wealthy, respectable Frett clan—a secret that doesn't keep long in a rural Georgia town of 90 people. Growing up at the center of a Crabtree-Frett feud begun by her birth, Nonny is caught between her biological family and her adopted one, between contempt for her philandering husband and the comfort of marriage, between an apartment in Athens, Ga., and her childhood home, Between. When a Doberman belonging to Nonny's biological grandmother Ona Crabtree attacks Nonny's adopted mom, deaf and blind Stacia Frett, and Stacia's twin sister, Genny, the families' dormant "war" awakens. Though Jackson (Gods in Alabama) might cut a few corners plotwise, her strengths more than make up for it: plenty of Southern sass ("Don't call me again unless you are personally on fire") and rueful, charming confidences ("I wanted the divorce with all my heart. I did. Only I wasn't sure I wanted it tomorrow") make this a theatrical and well-paced Southern family drama. (July)
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*Starred Review* Jackson returns with a second quirky and touching novel abut the South. The story of a feud between two families from opposite sides of the tracks, it narrowly avoids the worst cliches and appropriately exploits the more interesting ones. Jackson has been compared to Fannie Flagg, and rightfully so; her characters are vivid and lovable, put in situations that are so hard to explain that it's just easier to pass the book lovingly along to a friend. In Between, Georgia, protagonist Nonny is the adopted child of the Frett family, a strong-willed, well-off, and women-run clan, but she is the biological child of the criminal and downtrodden Crabtree family. Her adoptive mother, Stacia, is blind and deaf, and Nonny falls into a career in ASL interpretation. To escape her hometown of only 91 residents, where everyone knows the story of her lineage, Nonny runs to nearby Athens and lives out a half marriage with a rock guitarist. Predictably, the strange and dramatic goings-on in Between draw her home over and over again, especially when her cousin leaves a baby daughter there for the family to raise without her. Nonny falls in love with young Fisher, and the cycle of untraditional mother-daughter pairings continues. A climactic ending with perfect story resolution makes this book tidy and uplifting, and even the most cynical reader will surely smile as the back cover closes. Debi Lewis
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446524425
  • ASIN: B005Q6LFOI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of six novels, most recently SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY

Her short novella, MY OWN MIRACULOUS, is the prequel to her latest title, and is available as an e book and an audio download.

She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two kids. She loves Bourbon and Hot Yoga (not together) and she has more dogs than you. Unless you have three.

She's also an award winning audiobook narrator.


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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nonny Frett is caught between feuding families. Born to an unwed Crabtree girl, she is adopted and raised by a Frett. Her mother, Stacia Frett, suffers from Usher's Syndrome, a devastating disease that steals the victim's hearing, then their eyesight. Stacia never let her challenges interfere with being a good mother. Nonny has grown into a strong woman who works as an interpreter for the deaf and mute.

Now thirty years old, Nonny's life lacks direction. Her marriage is ending, her aunt--Bernese Frett Baxter--is being inexplicably hard on Nonny's young cousin, and the tension between the Crabtrees and Frett has been notched way up.

This is the proverbial turning point of Nonny's life. Although strong, she must see past her own disappointments in order to move forward. The question is whether she can find her path before her world crumbles before her very eyes.

Between, Georgia is a treasure for anyone who has ever felt torn between worlds. Jackson has beautifully rendered the story of Nonny Frett by evoking laughter, shouts, and tears. Readers will feel the weight of Nonny's responsibilities, as well as the lightness of her joys. Little Fisher, Aunt Bernese's granddaughter, is an added delight who steals some of the scenes.

Besides the wonderful literary value of this novel, it would make a spectacular movie. (Many readers may imagine Aunt Bernese portrayed by Tyne Daily.) The characters leap from the pages, reminding readers of people in their own lives. Small Town, America is well represented by the atmosphere of Between.

You will love this novel. As far as I'm concerned, this "keeper" will stay on my shelf with other beloved books.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Merritt VINE VOICE on July 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're a fan of the Montagues and the Capulets, or the Hatfields and McCoys, you'll no doubt be familiar with the familial battles that abound in Josilyn Jackson's new novel, Between, Georgia. The book's title is fitting; being representative of both the tiny Georgia community where the story is set and a microcosmic conflict between two families within it, the Fretts and the Crabtrees.

Told in first person by Nonny Frett -- initially the daughter of a young Crabtree -- she is the "between" antiauthoritarian stuck in a renewed struggle between her biological kin and her adopted family. When the Crabtree dogs attack Nonny's mother (Stacia Frett), old wounds are opened anew between the two families and Nonny acts as a forced referee. Love, hate, gene pools, romance, and even comedy are the driving forces behind Between, Georgia as we witness a type of one-upmanship taking place after the dog attack. Nonny's aunt, Bernise Frett-Baxter, shoots and kills one of the dogs. Then tires get slashed, more dogs die, and finally death comes near for the Frett family as the truly "bad Crabtrees" enter town to settle the feud once and for all. In the midst of all this, Nonny is trying to divorce her husband, Jonno, an adulterer who gave her The Clap but whom she still holds a grudging sexual attraction toward. Nonny's adopted mother, Stacia, has Usher's Syndrome, a disease that destroys one's hearing and then robs them of their sight. And, to top it all off, Nonny is attracted to Henry Crabtree, a distant cousin who is obviously in love with her, too.

The middle of the novel will probably be the toughest for most readers to get through. It's a bit slow but is beneficial to the story as a whole.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Arty Kat on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! It could be because I am a sign language interpreter myself, and could relate to much of what was taking place in the novel. I especially enjoyed the narration by the author-- many authors are NOT good narrators of their work, but Jackson certainly is excellent. I loved her accents. Made the characters so believable.

I appreciated the title so much, as it was a running theme in the book-- "between". So many "betweens" within its pages. I also quite enjoyed the author's notes at the back, telling about the actual town and such. I really can't wait for this author's next book!

This book is quite different from Jackson's first book, GODS IN ALABAMA, which I devoured upon opening the cover. However, it is a good book in its own right, though not a mystery and written in a much different style. In some ways, I liked it better. It is funny and sad (but not too sad), and everything in between. There's that word again!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Caldwell - The Rebel Housewife(tm) on June 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With BETWEEN, GEORGIA, her second novel, published just one year after her stunning debut, Gods in Alabama (2005), Joshilyn Jackson has exceeded all comparison with the legendary Harper Lee (as a talented southern author from Alabama who wrote about the dark South) -- Harper Lee only published one book in her lifetime.

BETWEEN, GEORGIA is a triumph for Joshilyn Jackson. Gods in Alabama was a great book: received terrific reviews and critical acclaim, became a bestseller, and even landed Ms. Jackson the envied author spotlight on Oprah. BETWEEN, GEORGIA is even better.

Both novels are set in the "deep South" and could be categorized as "dysfunctional redneck" (a genre all Joshilyn Jackson's own) -- in a good way: compelling, and truly original -- with the main character in each struggling to escape her past, but drawn back to family and small town for reconciliation and redemption.

While readers will recognize Joshilyn Jackson's charming southern voice (more a twang than a drawl), her gift for storytelling, and laugh-out-loud funny southern characterizations, BETWEEN, GEORGIA (the name of a fictional town), is not a sequel. The small town in Georgia is a completely new setting, with all new characters, and very different essential conflicts. While the main character may seem familiar, as a strong southern girl, independent but emotionally damaged by her past, Nonny Frett is very different from Gods' Arlene Fleet.

Nonny Frett is a grown southern girl in her thirties, on the edge of divorce, if she and her aspiring, but way laid-back musician husband could ever stay out of bed and get around to it.
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