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Backseat Saints Paperback – May 4, 2011
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"Joshilyn Jackson dives into darker, deeper water in BACKSEAT SAINTS-- with all her readers firmly in tow. As always, a riveting read."―Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of THE LAST GIRLS
"BACKSEAT SAINTS is an unputdownable story about love, survival, and shedding the past. Rose Mae Lolly is tough, passionate, funny, and fierce, one hell of a heroine to guide us through one hell of an adventure. Any time Joshilyn Jackson is in the driver's seat, I'm along for the ride."―Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of THE YEAR OF FOG
"The arrival of a Joshilyn Jackson novel feels like the first perfect day in a favorite season and BACKSEAT SAINTS is no exception."―Laura Lippman, author of LIFE SENTENCES
"Readers everywhere will rejoice to be back in the land of gods in Alabama. BACKSEAT SAINTS is a heart-thrilling, can't-stop-reading book about the unique and unforgettable Rose Mae Lolley. I loved this novel."―Michael Lee West, author of MERMAIDS IN THE BASEMENT
"From the moment I began reading, I could not put this book down. Rose Mae is an enduring character with a fierce and unstoppable spirit. This is a beautifully written story about an important subject. Pass the word."―Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of THE LACE READER and THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES
"A sizzling chunk of Southern Gothic."―Gina Webb, The Altanta Journal-Constitution
"[Rose Mae's] journey pulses with fierce determination."―People (a "Great Escapes" pick)
Top Customer Reviews
Ro gets a gun and begins to dig deep for the tough, smart-mouthing girl she once was, Rosa Mae Lolly, the girl who can save her own life, that same Rose Mae who dated the infamous Jim Beverly in Jackson's popular novel, GODS IN ALABAMA.
Racing from her relentless husband Thom, Rosa Mae runs looking for her disappeared high school boyfriend Jim, and then her long-lost mother to help find a way to finish off the man who both loves her and wants to murder her, running for her life from Texas to California by way of Alabama. She revisits her bruised-up childhood and knocked-around marriage to understand her flat out run toward a terrifying future before she finally lets herself love and trust.
I tend to shy from a dark subject like abuse in my entertainments, but Jackson's Rose is funny and smart, flawed and confused in a way that inspires compassion. She is messed up in the ordinary way many of us find ourselves in, and who wouldn't be, when every important person in Rose's life either abused or abandoned her? It was satisfying to watch her unravel her life and her choices and put the pieces back together in way that leads to the hope of a happy future.
Jackson's amusing wit, sharp characterizations and lovely use of language make Rose's moving and suspenseful story a joy to read.
This novel was truly gripping. I finished it in about a day's time. Rose is a character that you can really identify with. The descriptions of her inner struggles are so vivid - the feelings she has for her husband, her fear of leaving him, the pain of her mother leaving her and the memories of her love for a boy in high school. It's like listening to a friend pour her heart out. You feel like you understand why she's done the things she has and you want to help her as she struggles to find a better life. You see yourself in her at times.
I have been a fan of Joshilyn Jackson's since gods in Alabama. She is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive powers amaze me.Read more ›
Mrs. Ro Grandee of Amarillo, Texas, at the warning of a mysterious fortune teller, has finally had enough of her bad-boy husband's physical abuse. After an aborted attempt at cold-blooded murder, the second-generation battered wife runs, intending to find freedom with the assumed identity of her neighbor's long-dead baby, Ivy Rose Wheeler. Before she can take on life as Ivy Rose, Rose Mae travels back to Fruiton, Alabama to confront her alcoholic, abusive father and then sets out on the trail of the mother who ran away and abandoned her when she was eight years old...
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With her unique southern blend of pathos and wit, and her trademark outrageously original characters, Jackson crochets a bright lace doily of humor over very serious, decidedly non-funny, subjects: domestic abuse, alcoholism, abandonment, split personality and a host of other mental health issues. Like a modern-day Flannery O'Connor, somehow Joshilyn Jackson makes it all work and the effort is spectacular.
-- Sherri Caldwell, Humor Columnist & Reviewer at [...]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing, southern lady telling her immediate story in a funny forceful way.Published 2 months ago by JB
This is another great read from Joshilyn Jackson. Its story centers around Rose Grandee, a minor character from her first novel: Gods in Alabama. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy A
I love, love, love this author! She paints pictures with words, as the best writers do. Can't wait to read another one.Published 3 months ago by tishrickards
Like all of Joshilyn's other novels I've read, she has the best first chapters I've probably ever read. Wow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ross boone
Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorite authors. I found the subject matter of physical abuse sometimes quite disturbing however I stuck with it because her characters drew me in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Ruffino
Rose Mae has a past and several former selves she is trying to outrun. This is a great story of strength and weakness and learning who you are to save yourself.Published 9 months ago by tonimariep
I was intrigued the entire time. Lots of twists, not predictable. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great read.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
The audio version of this book was well read, but I had a lot of problems with the story. The author did a good job of portraying a battered woman, as it is common that the woman... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lupine Smile