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The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel by [Jackson, Joshilyn]
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From Publishers Weekly

The voice is hard-boiled and the plot engrossing in Jackson's (Someone Else's Love Story) new novel, a realistic, contemporary story with a mystery driving it. In a twist, the troubled detective protagonist is no screwed-up male with substance abuse issues and an inability to commit (although there is one in the story); rather, she is hard-nosed, mixed-race, divorce lawyer Paula Vauss, nicknamed Kali (as in the fearsome Hindu goddess) by her feckless but charming mother Kai. Paula has settled near Atlanta, where she tries to push away everyone she cares about, but this becomes impossible when her past and present converge. She hasn't seen her mother Kai in years; then, the monthly check she sends to her is returned with a cryptic message, and a half-brother, Julian, whom she didn't know she had, shows up. Although Paula is rough and reckless, Jackson makes her an easy character to root for by vividly depicting her inner struggle and past. This is an excellent read with a fresh take on the detective genre. (Feb.)

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“Jackson delivers another quirky, Southern-based, character-driven novel that combines exquisite writing, vivid personalities, and imaginative storylines while subtly contemplating race, romance, family, and self. A searing yet ultimately uplifting look at broken people who heal themselves and each other through forgiveness, love, and the power of stories.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review), THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

“The smart-ass, no holds-barred narration by whip-smart Paula/Kali… should please the many fans of Jackson’s snappy writing style.” (Library Journal (starred review), THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

“Beautifully written, fascinating and deep, The Opposite of Everyone is another must-read novel by Jackson... Jackson has done a phenomenal job of weaving the past with the present and unfolding the story layer after layer. This is a masterfully written tale that readers cannot put down.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick) on THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

“Part twisting suspense, part unflinching exploration of the world of abandoned and exploited girls...This is one of those books that keeps you up late reading, and distracts you from your day, as you yearn to get back to its pages. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” (Susan Rebecca White, author of A Soft Place to Land)

“Inevitable, surprising, and beautifully layered… I loved this book and you will also.” (Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of At The Waters Edge and Water for Elephants)

“Jackson excels at weaving a wholly absorbing story with vivid characters… [she makes] some affecting points about the importance of the stories we tell to each other and to ourselves.” (Booklist, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

“The voice is hard-boiled and the plot engrossing in Jackson’s new novel, a realistic, contemporary story with a mystery driving it....This is an excellent read.” (Publishers Weekly, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

“Joshilyn Jackson has written her most unforgettable character, Paula Vauss. I love her, I hate her, I want to yell at her, then laugh with her, then fight with her before drinking with her. But mostly I want her to be real. And I didn’t want her story to end.” (Elaine Lui, founder of Lainey Gossip and author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken)

“The unconventional characters in Jackson’s books often provide thought-provoking studies of love and loyalty; this must-read also contemplates the transformative power of storytelling.” (New York Times Book Review on THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE)

Product details

  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 320 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
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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