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The Almost Sisters
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The Almost Sisters
A Novel

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality—-the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality—-the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

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About the Author-
  • Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 1, 2017
    Graphic novelist Leia Birch Briggs is single, pregnant with a biracial baby, and unsure of her baby’s father’s name. All she knows is he was dressed like Batman and her last FanCon included a night she will never forget. Meanwhile, her stepsister’s marriage is unraveling, the deadline for her next comic book is quickly approaching despite her massive case of writer’s block, and her grandmother has a form of dementia she’s been keeping hidden for years. When Leia arrives at her grandmother’s home in Alabama to help get her affairs in order, she realizes the illness isn’t the only secret being kept. There’s a trunk of bones in the attic, and Grandma Birchie doesn’t want anyone to know whose they are. Jackson has packed in all the drama needed for a fast-paced summer read, but this isn’t your average beach book. Dark secrets and racism plague Grandma Birchie’s seemingly charming southern town, and Leia will soon find that real-life villains aren’t as easy to identify as the ones in her comic books. Agent: Caryn Karmatz Rudy, Defiore & Company

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from May 1, 2017
    Jackson (The Opposite of Everyone, 2016, etc.) has written another spirited page-turner set in a new South still haunted by the ghosts of the old.Leia, single at 38, writes popular graphic novels but is gun-shy with men. Following a boozy one-night stand at a comic-book convention, she has "fetched up pregnant" with a biracial child. Then she hears that her beloved 90-year-old grandma Birchie has slipped into dementia and is acting out: at church, Birchie has loudly, and lewdly, revealed what she knows about the new pastor's relationship with a (married) parishioner. Leia decides to take charge, driving from her home in Norfolk, Virginia, to the small town in Alabama where Birchie lives with her lifelong friend Wattie, a black woman whose mother was her family's housekeeper. Complications ensue--not least of which is the discovery of a trunk filled with the bones of someone who has met a violent end. There's a whiff of Southern Gothic here and plenty of sex, lies, and family secrets. (The author's fans will also recognize some elements from earlier novels). But Jackson is bighearted and, in the end, optimistic. She writes vivid, funny characters, and her voice is distinctive and authentic. She can also toss off amusing pop-culture references that make this narrative sound very au courant: Leia's stepsister's divorce "would be so perfectly done it would make Gwyenth Paltrow's conscious uncoupling look like a bar brawl." Jackson doesn't do trite. Even when Leia ruminates on race, the author frames things in a fresh way: "There was no such thing as mixed-race in...America....The whole country had called a mixed-race man our 'first black president.' " Perhaps the novel overreaches--the ending is a bit sober for what comes before--but it's not a major flaw. A satisfying, entertaining read from an admired writer who deserves to be a household name.

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  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2017
    After a daring one-night stand at a comics convention, graphic novelist Leia Birch Briggs is having a biracial baby. She's still gearing up to tell her conventional Southern family when her stepsister's marriage comes crashing down and her 90-year-old grandmother collapses into dementia. When Leia starts cleaning out grandma Birchie's old Victorian, she discovers a family secret dating back to the Civil War. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal (starred review) "Leia, a self-proclaimed superhero-comics dork, narrates this light-dark Southern story of family, race, and belonging with affection, humor, and well-timed profanity, bound to please fans of the best-selling author's six previous novels.... Both literary and women's fiction readers will appreciate Leia's smart/sassy narrative."
  • Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy "The Almost Sisters is a book only Joshilyn Jackson could have written... I was swept up by her inimitable voice from the very first page: she deftly combines such unexpected subjects as superheroes, single motherhood, race, and the impact of long-buried secrets."
  • Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky "In a story of incredible love and bravery, [Jackson] lasers through the weathered grace and mossy tradition of the contemporary south to explode its comic book dualism with blistering genius...Imagine Flannery O'Connor in a Wonder Woman suit, and you'll get close to the big heart of this brilliant book."
  • RT Book Reviews (top pick), 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."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review), THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE "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."
  • New York Times Book Review, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE "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."
  • People (3 ½ stars), SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY "Witty, cleverly constructed and including a truly surprising twist, Someone Else's Love Story turns out to be a nuanced exploration of faith, family and the things we do for love."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Almost Sisters "Jackson has written another spirited page-turner... A satisfying, entertaining read from an admired writer who deserves to be a household name. "
  • Brunonia Barry, NY Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader & The Fifth Petal "Only Joshilyn Jackson can present such serious issues with so much humor and humanity, making us consider just how far we might go to protect the ones we love."
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A vibrant, sharp and humorous read, brimming with relatable subplots, high-energy scenes and overt superhero references... The author deftly succeeds in writing a book within a book, each one beautifully complementing the other."
  • Fredericksburg.com "Jackson offers more here than a great plot with relatable, memorable characters and crazy storylines. This cleverly crafted, original tale centers on racism and the dichotomy of the South, as well as complicated familial relationships and elderly care. In other words, she writes fictional tales about real life."
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