gods in Alabama PDF by Joshilyn Jackson

gods in Alabama PDF

Download gods in Alabama PDF book free by Joshilyn Jackson – From gods in Alabama PDF: For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene’s door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene’s break with her former hometown is forced to an end. Buy from Amazon

gods in Alabama PDF

At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home. gods in Alabama PDF

As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.

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Review – gods in Alabama PDF

Arlene Fleet is a graduate student in Chicago, Illinois, who suspects that her boyfriend is about to propose to her…until he overhears a phone conversation with her aunt and suspects that she might be ashamed of him, as she’s never taken him home to meet her family. He demands that she attend the party her aunt is trying to harangue her into going home for, and that she take him with her. gods in Alabama PDF

A fight ensues. In the midst of it, a girl from Arlene’s Alabama hometown shows up on Arlene’s doorstep asking questions about a guy named Jim Beverly, and suddenly the book isn’t a romantic comedy anymore, because Arlene knows exactly where–or, more accurately, what–Jim Beverly is, and that’s dead. The rest of the book follows Arlene and Burr as they head down to Alabama to throw Rose Mae off Jim’s trail, though Burr doesn’t know that’s the real purpose of the trip. Arlene is trying to work up the guts to tell him, but faced with everything against her, it’s not exactly easy. gods in Alabama PDF

I thought I was absolutely going to love this book up until the last chapter. Five stars, all the way. The writing is phenomenal, and I can completely imagine Arlene, her crazy family, Rose Mae Lolley, Burr, and the small town of Possett, Alabama. I loved the multi-faceted way in which she portrayed not only Arlene, the grad student, good Southern Baptist girl, slut, and murderer, but also Jim Beverly, who could protect his girlfriend from her abusive father and usher a girl to the nurse’s office so she doesn’t have to be embarrassed by having blood all over her pants, but also turn into a violent drunk. gods in Alabama PDF

Arlene and Burr’s relationship was very real, with conflicts and bumps and moments when you think it might be over, but always lasting because they really and truly do know each other. I loved the way Burr dealt with Arlene’s crazy, mostly-racist family, and I was really loving the book in general.

And then there was that last chapter. See, in the last chapter, Jackson pretty much unravels the gorgeous narrative she had built up until that point. I was expecting a House of Sand and Fog-type ending, and I would have been okay with that. That’s not the way this goes, though. In the end, everyone gets away with what they’ve done, Jim is a monster after all, Arlene and her family are reconciled, and she and Burr presumably live happily ever after. It’s just too perfect. gods in Alabama PDF

Murder doesn’t end that way. Or, it does, sometimes, but very, very rarely. Arlene & Co. are just primed to be starring on an episode of Cold Case 25 years from now. That last chapter knocked a couple of stars off my rating of this one. A more “flawed” ending for Arlene & Co. would have been more satisfying, I think; heart-wrenching, yes, but I think Jackson could have pulled it off if she tried. She just didn’t try.

2.5 stars.

Details About Gods in Alabama PDF by Joshilyn Jackson

  • Name: Gods in Alabama
  • Authors: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Publish Date: April 13, 2005
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Literature
  • Format: PDF/ePub
  • Size: 1 MB
  • Pages: 275
  • Price: Free
  • ISBN: 0446524190

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About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author ofGods In Alabama And Between, Georgia. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta.

Biography – gods in Alabama PDF

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of nine novels, including gods in Alabama, The Almost Sisters, and Never Have I Ever (July, 2019)

She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and their two kids. She serves on the board of and volunteers with Reforming Arts, teaching creative writing inside Lee Arrendale State Prison, Georgia’s maximum security facility for women. Through their education-in-prison and reentry programs, Reforming Arts fosters the development of critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging students to build livable lives. gods in Alabama PDF

She’s also an award winning audiobook narrator, performing most of her own work as well as novels by Lydia Netzer and Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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