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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2016
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RTL4HWA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Part twisting suspense, part unflinching exploration"--Susan Rebecca White, author of A SOFT PLACE TO LAND
Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, who told stories blending Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything changed when Paula told a story of her own--one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care.
These days, Paula is a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn't seen Kai in fifteen years, she's still making payments on that karmic debt--until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mystifying note: "I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works."
Desperate to find her mother before it's too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart.--Booklist, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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-- Sherri Caldwell, Humor Columnist & Reviewer at RebelHousewife.com
Co-Author, The Rebel Housewife Rules: To Heck With Domestic Bliss!
Hippie Moms (Kai) are a blast! Of course, heart strings are tugged for the kid getting bounced around, having a not so great upbringing, but since the story is told from her perspective and she is a self sufficent hard core high earning lawyer doing great things tearing apart nasty marriages in million dollar mansions, what the heck? You root for her the whole way through the book! Paula is the kid, by the by, who is a/k/a Kali who is also blue. In more ways than one.
A long lost brother turns up, a long lost sister too. Ms. Jackson takes you on a journey of such messed up wonderous family life that you cannot help but feel love, hate, joy, and triumph all at once for these folks.
Do I recommend this book? Highly. For anyone who thinks they know what is is to be a mother, a sister or a daughter. Hell, anyone who has tried to love someone whose mother broke their heart.
Paula Vauss spent her life travelling through the south with her mom, always re-inventing themselves into a new person. They never stayed in one place long enough to actually call it a home. Surprisingly, Kai, Paula's mother finds a place she just may like settling down in. Unhappy with that life, Paula cannot accept that it will be the end to their ever changing and evolving story. She will be forced to live a life that is harrowing for her. It is not at all like the usual story that her mom tells her. Paula makes a choice that changes her life in more ways than she could have ever imagined.
I couldn't stop reading. It kept me intrigued from beginning to the end. Jackson made this story so personal that I could feel the emotions coming from these characters. I could smell and taste Kai's famous pancakes, and find myself getting pulled into one of her stories of Kali and Ganesha.
Holy crap, that was a good book!
This is the first book I've read by Jackson. I had previously heard of Gods in Alabama and it is somewhere in the middle of the 2000+ books on my to-read list, but someone on a Facebook group shared this book last week when it was on a sale on Amazon for .99 and recommended it. I bought it and added it to the 1000+ unread books hanging out in my kindle library and figured I'd get to it eventually. I have started no less than 6 books in the past three days but I just couldn't get into anything. This morning at work I was scrolling through my library trying to find something to read between calls during my 5 hours in the office and finally figured I'd check this out. After all, I do have 1000 other books to choose from if I decided it wasn't the right book today.
8 hours later I was finished. And trying (and failing) not to cry. That last chapter. Ugh. So. Good.
The story goes back and forth between present day Paula, and her life and job as a ball-busting divorce attorney, and her nomadic childhood with her mother, Kai. Despite Kai's faults, Paula practically worships her mom and it's pretty much them against the world. Until Kai goes to prison and Paula goes to a state group home.
Paula's world as an adult is pretty empty. She has her cat, Henry, three or four friends, and a sting of exes that she hooks up when she's feeling the need. Otherwise she has her job, which she is very good at, and she feels like she needs nothing else. One day she receives a note from Kai, whom she hasn't spoken to in more than a decade, and her life basically flips upside down.
I really liked the characters in this book. Because of the back and forth way the story is told you don't get full character development straight on in the story but it worked. A few times I felt like I shouldn't like Kai but I couldn't help but like her. And then a few times I felt like I shouldn't like Paula because she was such a self-admitted bitch, but she was also pretty bad ass, and well, just likable.
I definitely recommend The Opposite of Everyone and I look forward to reading more by Jackson very soon.