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Between, Georgia

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  10,283 ratings  ·  977 reviews
Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase "in
between a rock and a hard place" better than any woman
alive. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the
other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two
men: a husband who's easing out the back door; and a
best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front
yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole
Published July 3rd 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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I lived in the small-town South for 15 years. I may not have been born and bred there - but, hey, I've read the Southern Belle Primer; I can use "y'all" properly in a sentence; I like my tea sweet & my steak chicken fried. That said, I do get so tired of the whole "crazy folks" thing with Southern characters. Must everyone be sooo dang quirky? Really. I've met a few "characters" in my time, but the South is not populated entirely with whack-a-do weirdos. In fact, most of us are normal, well- ...more
Jeansue Libkind
Jackson says in the first sentence in the book that Between is a real place but she’s never been there. I have. I drove through it regularly in the early 1980s on Route 78 going from Athens to Atlanta. I would always exclaim, “Here we are, in Between.” My teenage son would moan and began to chide me when the town sign came into view, “Don’t say it, Mom.” I saw a row of unpainted houses, their porches complete with sloping roofs and old sofas alongside one side of the highway. Apparently there ar ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Another great book from Jackson. I was laughing all through out this great story. The characters were hysterical and brought great life to this work. Excellent southern fiction.
Nov 17, 2013 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women; Southerners
Shelves: blog
An enjoyable, but overall predictable, quick read. I always enjoy Joshilyn Jackson's books, especially this one's take on the rivalries that crop up between Southern families that are only exacerbated by life in a small town. There are some humorous moments, a few twists, and likable characters. Particularly inventive is Jackson's use of a main character, Nonny, who literally finds herself "between" the Fretts and the Crabtrees (the ersatz Hatfields and McCoys of the story), as well as the chara ...more
An easyreading novel set in the South. Although not as good as A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty I enjoyed the characters and the story. The perfect read for a rainy day, I alternatively giggled and snivelled in the few hours this charming book took me to read. My only complaint is that I find the characters very similar to her other books, but I think this is probably my fault as I've read three of her books in a very short space of time. I'll wait a few months, but I'll definitely be reading all her b ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Debby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debby by: sheryl
Shelves: 5-star-books
Boy am I glad a GR friend (Thanks Sheryl) recommended this author on her profile. Between, Georgia on CD was narrated by the sutor which made the book even more enjoyable. Wonderful characters, very engaging story. I couldn't put it down. I've already reserved her other books from the library.
If you like reading Maeve Binchy, Elizabeth Berg, or Lee Smith to name a few, I think you'd like reading Joshilyn Jackson too. I highly recommend Between, Georgia. I'll be starting her 1st book, Gods in Al
I think someone recommended this book to me ages ago because it was about a woman (with a deaf-blind mom) who was an interpreter. Not that the book is only about that - no way - more layers than a wedding cake, people! But, seriously, there's not too many novels about deaf-blind people, CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) or interpreters out there, so I gave it a try. Oh, also, my husband said it was awesome, and I like him.

Very cool (and fairly accurate) portrayal of the family dynamics when there'
I don’t know about everyone else, but if I like one book by a certain author I’m certain to go back for more. At the end of God’s in Alabama there’s a teaser to Joshilyn Jackson’s second novel Between, Georgia. Ms. Jackson got me again.

Nonny Frett came into the world amid turmoil. Her birth mother Hazel Crabtree literally gave her up to the Frett family after giving birth in their living room. Ever since she has been caught between two dueling families. The Fretts and the seemingly crazy Crabtr
Jul 03, 2008 B. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a Georgia native ~ or just about anyone that enjoys being amused
Recommended to B. by: Treehugger
I found myself laughing out loud when I read this! Every chapter was a new "chunk" of drama in Between, Georgia. I love books that are set in the South, especially Georgia since I was born, raised and still live in Georgia.

Nonny seemed to always be in a pickle and I was always rooting her on.


I found myself wanting to slap Nonny silly over her interactions with Jonno. And I definately wanted to choke the life out of Bernese. And I certainly couldn't help but keep my fingers c
I read "Gods in Alabama" last fall and found this book to be way too similar. Are all of Jackson's characters cut from the same cookie-cutter pattern? The overbearing female figure, the passive/agressive narrator, the too-good-to-be-true boyfriend that the narrator takes forever to discover. I just don't understand the weak Southern woman she perpetuates in her books... women who sit around not taking action (which is, in itself, taking an action)...
Nancy Sheads
Stopped reading midway through the book when I realized I didn't really care what the characters did or what happened to them. Find it hard to believe that a dog that viciously attacks two women would not have been put down or at least taken away from the owner. Once the plot stretched the limits of believability, reading further became a waste of time.
just didn't ever love this book
it was decent but I wish it focused more on Stacia, her talents, her art, her abilitites
instead we got the story told from the point of view of her daughter

I thought the book was leading up to an ending with tragedy that would hammer home to Nonnie what her mother was trying to teacher her: making a decision/taking charge of your life and having something happen to create an outcome for you are not the same thing.

I think the book could have been infinitely better i
I thought that this book was both charming and profoundly moving. Between, Georgia is one of the most enjoyable books I have read lately It was sweet and engrossing, and I couldn't put it down.

The main character of this book, Nonny Frett, is the link between two conflicting families in the small town of Between, Georgia. Although a Crabtree by birth, Nonny was raised by Stacia Frett, a warm, caring woman who was born deaf and later became blind. Stacia's two sisters, sweet, neuotic Genny, and d
Just - The romance reader
May 29, 2010 Just - The romance reader rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any lover of southern lit
Talk about a book full of quirky characters! Reading Between Georgia made me want to hop in my car and travel down to Georgia in search of this little town and it's cast of characters so I could slap a few of them and hug a few of them. I'd especially like to hug that moody and adorable little Fisher. There were a couple little shockers in the book, but I have to say the ending was worth it.
Jan 09, 2013 Alice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alice by: Jessie
This is one of those books I found myself enjoying despite the fact that I could never quite pinpoint what I was enjoying about it. I think it may be the characters (they're all so easy to get fond of, in one way or another), and although I'm not left feeling like, "That was a great book!", I'm still glad I read it.
Entertaining Chick Lit. I love reading books by this Southern US writer. This episode of family feud may be a bit more over the top than some of her other work but I am drawn in every time by her colourful characters and plots. Hidden under the slapstick comedy and witty rapport is a protagonist with a deaf and mostly blind mother who grows up to be an interpreter for the deaf.
This story is so convoluted I wouldn't even know where to begin so I will just say I loved it less than some of her oth
There is plenty of drama in the small town of Between, Georgia. A place where everyone knows everyone and more. The notorious two families who mirror the Hatfield & McCoys kept the story moving steadily throughout the book. Actually, right from the start. Nonney comes home to Between and finds herself engulfed in the relationships encompassing both families. There were moments of laughter,sadness and joy which kept me yearning for more. I enjoyed how Joshilyn Jackson exposed the strength and ...more
Between is the name of the town, geographically between Athens and Atlanta, and between is an excellent descriptor of protagonist Nonny herself. She is between her two families, the one that birthed her and the one that adopted her; the world of the hearing and that of her deaf mother, between one man and another, and between who she is and who she wants to be. Jackson weaves an emotional and hilarious tale with rich characters, a compelling plot and a honeyed writing style which converge to pro ...more
I love novels set in the South, and this was no disappointment. It is rich with Southern character and anyone who has lived in and loved the South will find very familiar folks in Between, Georgia. The book follows Nonny Jane Frett and her life that is torn between two feuding families as she tries to keep everyone happy - while getting her own life in check. An easy, fun read.
Barbara ★
First I must admit that this is not my type of book and had I not needed it specifically for a challenge, I never would have picked it up. I am not a fan of books that plod along with day-to-day actions - including using the toilet. I simply don't want to know that the boyfriend had to take a leak. Who really cares about stuff like this in a book anyway unless it has something to do with the plot? For the most part I found this story interesting and yet boring at the same time.

I wouldn't figure
This gets five stars. A masterpiece. Definitely the best book i've read all year. Its totally fun, kicks ass, and made me cry all at once. And the author blended in a nice touch about people with Usher's syndrome. The ending is incredible. This'll make a great movie someday...if hollywood doesn't screw it up.
It could be as good as Where The Heart Is or Second Hand Lions.
Wow! Trying to describe this book to someone was a crazy, awkward mess but worthwhile. And even when I put the book down for a week, I was sucked right back in the second I picked it up. From the deep, rich language to the intense characters and setting (helps that I've been in that area of Georgia), Jackson does an amazing job of creating a world where strange and crazy is normal. Just like with "gods in Alabama", she makes you FEEL right along with the characters. (I kept wondering about Staci ...more
Another good Joshilyn Jackson novel. Set in the small town of Between, Georgia---the name describes the reality of life for Nonny Frett born to a teenaged "across the tracks" Crabtree and raised by the "high and mighty" Frett's. She is fiercely loved by both families, each claiming her as theirs. As the feud intensifies, Nonny tries to figure what really is important to her as she half-heartedly approaches the divorce she initiated, toys with affections for a long-time friend, and is a part-time ...more
♞ Pat Gent
Southern fiction is one of my favorite genres. There is something about the connections that southern women make to their communities and to each other that doesn't seem to resonate like anywhere else. I'm not sure it's something that even translates well out of the south, but for someone who grew up in the deep parts of South Carolina and Georgia, this little book was a whisper of "come home."

First off, Joshilyn Jackson isn't Fannie Flagg (who is the queen of southern literature, in my opinion
Mostly I enjoyed “Between, Georgia” for the originality of the story and the sense of reality of the characters.
This book has a lot of heart and is beautifully written, excellent imagery - you can 'see' as you're reading.
If like me, you love “Southern Voices”, I highly recommend this little gem.

This is an excellent synopsis that I found on-line:
Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase "in
between a rock and a hard place" better than any woman
alive. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind
Libby Chester
Very good book with a great lead in plot. Hooked me from the start. Love the southern background of Georgia and the author really sets the atmosphere for readers who love stories about the South. It may be good ole boy country, but Jackson also makes the family dynamics crazy realistic. The protagonist, Nonny Jane is born to 15 year old Hazel Crabtree, who makes her way to the house of Bernese Frett. Hazel has kept her pregnancy secret from her mother Ona, and all the other Crabrees, so when Ber ...more
I loved the way this book started and I was very disappointed by how it ended. It started with a beautiful and hilarious first chapter, written so well that I even read it outloud to my partner.

The characterizations started out beautiful: Nonny who is an archaeologist (digging in the past for her family story -- this line ended up not being developed at all) and an interpreter from and to American Sign Language, and a bridge, and someone who got caught in between, or in Between, GA. In between
Oh, Joshilyn Jackson. How do you craft such intriguing, lovable characters? And create a menagerie of love and amusement out of such weird, dysfunctional people?

To say I raced through Between, Georgia is an understatement. As I borrowed an audio version from the library (time crunch!), I found myself prolonging errands so I could spend just a little more time in Between. I loved that Jackson incorporated completely out-of-the-box characters like Stasia Frett, a blind and deaf woman who felt com
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Nonny Frett is caught between. She was born into the Crabtree family and secretly adopted into the Frett family, two groups that have been fighting since time immemorial. She wants to divorce her husband but she's caught between lust and lassitude. She's frequently caught between what she wants to do and what she feels like she has to do. How appropriate is it that she lives in a town called Between, Georgia?

I enjoyed this. Parts had me laughing out loud, I was worried sick in other places, and
I have been to the actual town of Between, Georgia, and it might be a more interesting place to visit if it was anything like Jackson's imagination. Still, her depiction of small-town life could be anywhere, and the only local color I picked up on was the band scene in Athens-- barely.

Between made for a good title, though. The characters are a hoot, and I got completely caught up in Nonny's stuck-in-the-middle dilemmna. I also appreciated the way she interpreted ASL conversations for the reader.
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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, and most recently, SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a
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