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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 te
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by William Morrow
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Michelle I believe it was a show of support. I also think the author might included that detail symbolically as the "death" Old South.
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Marybeth Whalen
Shelves: from-publisher
I swear, every time I pick up a book written by Joshilyn Jackson I say it’s the best she’s ever written and she cannot possibly top it, but every time I’m wrong. I had a feeling before ever cracking the spine (just kidding, I’m not a monster to my books) that this one was special. Sure, the cover is gorgeous and swoon worthy and the blurb on the back was just the right amount of intrigue and feels, but my intuition was telling me that there was something deeper here, something more complex to th ...more
Will Byrnes
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My whole life I’d seen only one. I loved my South, though I could see how it was broken, plagued still with the legacies of slavery and war and segregation, history and a thousand unseen walls divided up the territory so that we had a black Baptist church and a white one, and the narrow aisle between the color-coded lunch tables at the high school was invisibly a chasm filled with dragons. Still, I always thought my homeland was a single place. I was wrong.
The South was like that optical ill
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Elyse
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Update: WOW... GREAT DAILY DEAL...
$1.99 Kindle download today!
VERY ENJOYABLE!!!!!

Jackson's creative juices are flying high with her STORY WITHIN THIS STORY. It's sooooo good, that I want to BUY A COPY of the created *graphic novel*, "Violence in Violet"...(with drawings of rabbits - fat mice - puffy birds - etc. ). I would pay for this paper graphic novel!!!
Leia's ( Lay), messages through her graphic art & words are powerful - linking this entire novel together....about RELATIONSHIPS of al
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Jen
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd novel I've read by this author and she continues to impress me. They tend to be written more on the lighter side and when I started this, I rolled my eyes and thought, really the protagonist is a cartoonist? A superhero one,too? With a one night stand?
Gag me. Is this a beach read?
Turns out there is more to the story than the surface stuff. Jackson is an engaging writer who takes a story and spins it with a weaving of lightness even with serious subjects - pregnancy, separation, m
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Julie
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson is a William Morrow publication.

An insane and highly addicting concoction of quirky southern drama-

Set in Alabama, this story centers around Leia Birch Briggs, a comic book illustrator, trying to give her most famous character new life with a prequel. But, her personal problems soon take precedent over her career difficulties, when, after tying one on at a comic convention, Leia discovers her one night stand with ‘Batman’ has resulted in an unexpected preg
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Diane S ☔
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I adore this author, will read anything she writes. How many author can combine the grace and elegance of the south while deftly showing many of the issues that are still apparent underneath the charming veneer. Can combine the devastating effects of lewey bodies, Batman, sex crazed rabbits, a graphic artist, old bones and a church supper where the wrong food is served with humorous results and make it all work. I laughed so hard and will never look at salmon quite the same way again.

She uses a
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Angela M
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I have read by Joshilyn Jackson and with every one I read I want to read another . I have several of her earlier books to read yet, but I couldn't resist this recently published book given the chance to read it. This novel is so readable- I know people say that a lot and it may not make sense because all books can be read. For me it's the ease of reading about relatable characters, a realistic story infused with humor and comical moments amidst some crisis situations facin ...more
Karen
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my, I really enjoyed this book. This is a book of Southern origins. It combines a story line of race relationships, super heroes, single motherhood, and long buried secrets.
I've only read one other book by this author and enjoyed both. I will be reading more of her work!
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
4 quirky, superhero stars to Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Review of the audio read by the author! 🎧 Joshilyn Jackson’s narration was so entertaining I will be listening to all of her future books.

The Almost Sisters starts out silly but fun. The main character has a rendezvous with Batman (yes, Batman!) at a cartoon convention. References to Batman had me chuckling throughout. However, Joshilyn Jackson, in her trademark quirky, fun, there’s more to it than meets the eye, style,
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Cheri
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

The first Joshilyn Jackson book I read was “Someone Else’s Love Story,” which has a special place in my heart since it was my introduction to Jackson in the first place. How can you not love a book that begins the way that one does?

I haven’t yet read one of her novels that I didn’t enjoy, but I’ve loved some more than others, her style of writing has matured along the way, but with “The Almost Sisters” it seems to have more smoothly merged into that sweet spot she created with her earl
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JanB
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, quirky, and endearing are words that come to mind when I think of this novel. There are two sets of “almost sisters”: Leia and her stepsister Rachel, and Leia’s 90-year-old grandmother and her long-time best friend, Wattie.

Graphic novelist Leia is 38, single, and pregnant. She is trying to find a way to tell her family, but before she has a chance to do so, she discovers her stepsister Rachel’s marriage is in trouble and unbeknownst to her, her grandmother has been showing signs of demen
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Joshilyn Jackson
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
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
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


A successful career, an ailing grandmother, a one-night stand, and a Southern family with untold secrets.

Leia had always been close to her grandmother, but did she really know her grandmother? After finding out her grandmother has been suffering with dementia for over 10 years, Leia puts the job she loves on hold and goes to Alabama to see what actually is going on.

What Leia finds at her grandmother's home isn't what she had expected, and coupled with her unexpected pregnancy was a bit overwhelm
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Lori
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read Joshilyn Jackson for awhile now and was thrilled to get my hands on her newest novel. There were aspects of this I enjoyed; the feisty southern ladies, the quaint southern town and the mystery of the bones. The comic book part, however, for me just didn't fit in the story. Overall, 3.5 stars.
Diane Barnes
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every time I read a book by this author I come away feeling as though the characters are personal friends. Her first person narration, the humor, the contemporary issues, and her knowledge of human nature make the story come to life in a special way.

And boy, does she know the South! She knows our goodness, our badness, our stupidity and wisdom, our craziness and our tragedy.
In this book, she lets us see a little chink in the darkness of racial prejudice, and the hypocrisy of one group of people
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Sue Em
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! Leia Birch has hit the trifecta of family emergencies. An unexplained rift in her perfect stepsister's marriage. A pregnancy from a one night stand. But the one requiring her immediate attention is her beloved grandmother's long hidden dementia manifesting publicly at the church's fish fry. Fixing all these problems certainly won't prove easy, but it will prove entertaining and thoughtful. Block off some time, you won't be able to put this one down.
Cindy Burnett
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
The Almost Sisters combines wildly different subjects including Batman, Lewy bodies (a form of dementia), family drama, the Old South, a graphic novelist and decades-old bones into a story that drew me in from the beginning. The protagonist, Leia Birch Briggs, finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with an anonymous Batman she met at a comic book convention. As she debates how to tell her family, she learns that her usually perfect stepsister Rachel is having her own troubles and that h ...more
Bianca
The Almost Sisters is the second Joshylin Jackson (audio)book I enjoyed.

I don't know what it is about her writing that just grabs me and doesn't let go. Interestingly enough, in the beginning, it takes me a little bit of time to get comfortable with Jackson's Southern accent (she's reading the novel herself), but as I get more into the story, I end up really liking it. Go figure. Jackson is an excellent narrator. She's even got a beautiful singing voice. Some people are endowed with many talent
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Norma * Traveling Sister
4 stars!

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson was a very impressive and enjoyable read!

Full review to follow shortly
Kristy
Leia Birch Briggs is a self-professed nerd: a graphic novelist with a penchant for comic books, Wonder Woman, and online gaming. So it's not exactly surprising that, with the help of tequila, she'd fall for a handsome man in a Batman costume at a comics convention in Atlanta. What comes next is a bit more of a surprise: Leia is pregnant from that one-night stand, and it's up to her to tell her over-protective family and very Southern grandmother. To top it off, said Batman was African American: ...more
Tammy
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2017
Southern goth at its best! Loved it!
Holly  B

3.5 stars

Review soon...
Sonja Arlow
I enjoyed the novelty of listening to the author narrating her own book, l also enjoyed the Southern charm that all her books have. And of course, the humor and quirky characters always fit right in.

But here is the thing, I don’t think this was her best work. It felt too cutesy chick-lit for me to warrant a higher rating. I think all her books has these elements but the previous books I read felt like there was a bit more meat to the bone.

In theory, this story should have a lot of substance. It
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Trevor
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It's always a gamble when trying a new author- I'd heard many great things about Jackson, so I was excited to give this a go. Unfortunately, this just wasn't for me. While there were a few things that I enjoyed, the negatives outweighed the positive & made my experience lackluster.
Patty
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing


What it's all about...

Leia has a complicated relationship with her perfect stepsister Rachel. I think it would seriously spoil this incredible book if I gave potential readers any serious details. Just know that Leia's life changes after meeting someone at a comic festival and Rachel's life changes because of her husband. They both end up in Birchville, Alabama at Leia's grandmother's house. Birchville and Leia's grandmother and Leia's grandmother's best friend Wattie are the heart of this story
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Rana
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, completely ignore the cover. In fact, take the cover out back, shoot it, burn the remains, and then shoot them again. It's a horrible cover that has very little to do with the actual story.

Rinse and repeat with the title. Awful title. Worst title ever.

And ya know what? It's such a disgusting marketing ploy. Like they wanted a particular kind of woman to read this, I'm not going to make any judgements, but let's just say mom-jeans ahoy.

But the book is amazing and has such depth and intelli
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Tania
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio, 2017
I've read all Joshilyn Jackson's books, but this was my first audio, read by the author herself. I loved Wattie and Birchie's accents and their relationship. I absolutely adore Joshilyn's sense of humor - no matter how dire the situation, she can still get you smiling. It was very interesting to learn about what goes into the creation of graphic novels, and see how small little details in the illustrations has big meanings for the people that read them. The only reason this book does not get mor ...more
Marialyce
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up to 3

First of all I must state that I am not a gamer nor do I like or really know graphic novels which to me seem quite a bit violence prone. Therefore on this level, this book with its allusions to these two things held little allure for me. I also was put off by the drunken one night stand that resulted in a pregnancy. That being said I did like the story of Birchie and Wattie and their devotion to one another.

So much of the story seemed a bit too contrived and the author s
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Ace
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⛤

As I don't often read "chick-lit" books, I was very surprised to have enjoyed this book and was engaged in both the story and the characters. There are some very real and still current social issues involved in the plotline and this aided my enjoyment. One day we will be discussing such issues in an historical sense, but maybe not in my lifetime. Recommended for comic book lovers also, lots of references to drawing, creativity and SUPERHEROES yay!
Bj
5 "Batman & Race Relations in the South" Stars for the story and narration!

This women's fiction title was fascinating. It delivered on so many fronts, from humor to mystery to even the very timely topic of race relations in the South! I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Jackson's works in the future.

The narration was also great!

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New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, Someone Else's Love Story, and The Opposite of Everyone. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Se
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