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The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel Paperback – October 11, 2016
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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.)\n --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“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)
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-- Sherri Caldwell, Humor Columnist & Reviewer at RebelHousewife.com
Co-Author, The Rebel Housewife Rules: To Heck With Domestic Bliss!
Paula, also known as Kali Jai, never knew her father. Life with her mother was a chaotic mixture of mystical stories, songs, art, alcohol, and too many different men in too many towns. When her mother lands in jail, Paula is sent to a group home for girls.
The book tells the story of a grown up Paula with occasional trips back in time to revisit the past. This assists in telling the story and clarifying the characters.
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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.