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Gods in Alabama Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 13, 2005
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Summary, no spoilers:
This is the story about Arlene Fleet, who had fled her hometown of Possett Alabama and has lived in Chicago for the last 10 years.
Arlene has vowed never to return to Possett because of something that happened there, and she has made promises to God (i.e. she won't lie, she won't have sex, etc.,) if God enables her to keep her "crime" hidden.
To her great frustration, Arlene finds that she has to return to Posset both to face her past, and to introduce her boyfriend Burr to her her bigoted family (Burr is black and a northern Baptist, Arlene is white and southern Baptist.)
The book is well written, and a real page turner. There are many laugh out loud funny lines, and it's one of those books you can easily read from start to end in one sitting.
Saying all this, I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. Even though I really liked these characters, for some reason, they all just didn't ring true to me. Perhaps some of the characters seemed a little too stereotyped, or parts of the book were a bit rushed.
I would still recommend this book. It has a lot to say about memory, and the price we pay for keeping our silence. It is entertaining, and has a TERRIFIC finish, which is something pretty rare nowadays.
This is a splendid story. Joshilyn Jackson is one very talented writer and I definitely look forward to reading more from her soon. Very very highly recommended.
Arlene (Lena in her adopted town of Chicago) may have held to her dubious covenant with God, but she has spent the last ten years breaking some other rules that mystify and anger her family. Namely, not setting foot in her hometown and having the audacity to date a black man. Jackson handles the race and culture issues well and shows how much of the old South still lives in contemporary America, no matter how ordinary such relationships seem in the larger culture.
The wonderful thing about this southern story is that while Jackson shows the smallness of some of Arlene's family and neighbors, she doesn't demonize them or excuse their views. Through Arlene she takes them to task without giving the novel a preachy feel or overwhelming the theme of secrets and justice at the story's core. The secrets Arlene has kept all began in high school when she took action against a bully. She prays fervently that God keep the body hidden so she can go on with her life.Read more ›
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This is a unique story and I found it easy to read. It kept my attention, but I felt parts of the story were a bit contrived. Read morePublished 14 days ago by plays_tennis
Loved this book!! Couldn't put it down. Was sad when I finished it because I wanted to read more!!Published 24 days ago by Deidre
Loved this book as much as all of the Joshilyn Jackson other books. Her characters are so relatable.Published 1 month ago by Kimba
Love her writing! Have devoured all her books since finding her new one in our library. She is very funny, great use of language, southern ladies first person in some kind of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JB
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