I first fell in love with Alabama and the deep south when I lost myself in the pages of gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson. Even if you’ve never been to the south, you feel like you’re there, as she brilliantly creates communities, characters, and histories that you will just lose yourself in. Jackson is one of my favorite writers of all time, and I can safely say that I’ve never been disappointed with any of her novels. Each one just keeps getting better than the last, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty just cements her place on our bookshelves and in our hearts.
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty takes on the story of three generations of Slocumb women: Ginny, Liza, and Mosey. When Mosey, an inquisitive fifteen year old, finds a skeleton of a baby in the backyard of her grandmother’s house, the house where she and her mother, (Liza), both live, she’s determined to know what happened. Ginny is determined to protect her granddaughter and her daughter, and will stop and nothing to do so. But who holds the answers to the secrets of the past? Well, that would be Liza. What’s the problem with that? She’s suffered a severed stroke, and has lost the ability to speak in coherent thought.
What will happen to these three women?
What is the story behind the child skeleton?
Well, read the book and you’ll find out.
I promise you that you will NOT be disappointed.