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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Praise for A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty:
"A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives... Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core."―Kristine Huntley, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner."―PW
"A valentine to the bonds of family!"
"[There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time."―Gina Webb, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[A] warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up."
"Jackson's signature style-the feisty, bighearted voice of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints-propels this funny, dark whodunit, where strong women who've made bad choices band together to come out on top."―Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A deeply felt, engaging story."
"Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters."―Kirkus Reviews
"Three generations of Slocumbs grapple with deep-buried family secrets in this entertaining Southern whodunit."―All You Magazine
"Compelling....Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters... The Slocumb women are easy to root for."―Hannah Sampson, Miami Herald-Tribune
"A quirky mystery that serves up a delicious blend of likeable characters, plot twists and life as seen through the eyes of three remarkable women in a Southern family, namely Mosey, Ginny, and Liza. The dialogue is authentic and the writing insightful and unexpectedly witty."―Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen
"Gripping."―Chris Waddington, The Times Picayune
"An unforgettable story of generational dysfunction and sloppily buried secrets."―Theresa Weaver, Atlanta Magazine
"Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick!"
―Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House
"A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page."―Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama
"A clever, hilarious, wild adventure of a mystery that immediately pulls you in. You'll be desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree-and will love every delicious layer of Joshilyn Jackson's latest."―Jennifer McMahon, author of Don't Breathe a Word and Promise Not To Tell
"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"
―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine
About the Author
Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author of gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; and Backseat Saints. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta. Visit her website at www.joshilynjackson.com.
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The chapters in Joshilyn Jackson's A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty alternate between the three Slocumb women. Each woman has a distinct voice in her chapter and there is strong character development for each woman individually. What they are thinking can be very different from what they are sharing with each other, especially since Liza is essentially nonverbal, but each of them is facing the threat to their family and the questions the mystery brings head-on, in their own way.
Why, oh why, did I wait so long to read A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty? This is an outstanding novel by a most accomplished writer. I've enjoyed every book Jackson has written and this incredible novel is no exception. The multilayered plot is complex and I appreciate how additional information was slowly discovered. And I completely understood Big hiding her suspicions from Mosely while Mosely is doing the same. I was absolutely spellbound and immersed in this novel. You couldn't have torn me away from reading it. And when I finished reading, I knew that I had just read something splendid, flawless, sublime... and perfect. When I was done there was not one thing I would have wanted differently. Bravo, Joshilyn Jackson!
Jackson has a new novel being released this November, Someone Else's Love Story, and I am going to just preorder it now and schedule time to read it right away.
Very Highly Recommended - one of the very best
This book was no different for me. I really enjoyed it, admittedly because it was good, but also an easy and fast read. The dialect was enough to keep the location alive without overdoing it. The storyline had enough momentum, yet enough mystery, to keep me reading and interested. It does start out a little slow, but once I got into it and the author laid the plot out, I was totally on board.
I will admit to feeling a little tricked at the beginning as to what I was getting myself into. I was expecting a legal setting at the end and it kind of whimpered out on me. I was all set for something that didn't really happen. Perhaps I've read too much Picoult or Grisham, eh?
The story itself is a hard one for me and one I think would be good for a book club because there's so much going on in the women's lives and so much to discuss about right vs wrong that it would make for a lively discussion.
Well done - recommended for women's fiction and southern fiction readers.
Naturally, with such a legacy, Mosey has grown up somewhat paranoid. With everyone in her small Southern town expecting her to follow in her mother and grandmother's footsteps, Mosey - who is not sexually active -regularly takes pregnancy tests, "just to be sure." She's afraid to tell Big or Liza about her best friend Roger, simply because he's a boy and would be mistrusted by them for only that reason.
When Mosey is fifteen, everything does change - but in no way anyone could ever have predicted. For one thing, her mother Liza, only thirty, has a stroke and the once smart-mouthed, independent bartender is rendered almost helpless. Wanting desperately to help her in any possible way, Big decides to cut down the family's beloved old willow tree to make room for a therapeutic swimming pool. It's then that the discovery of a box of infant bones is made, changing everything for the Slocumbs forever. Secrets that were once thought buried forever have come to the light of day, impossible to ignore any longer.
Jackson writes her story alternating between the distinct voices of the three women, depicting three-dimensional characters that are as real as anyone her readers might know. Thus, an intriguing mystery and coming-of-age story is born, hooking readers til the very end.
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