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Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
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Jul 13, 2007

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bookshelves: books-about-the-south, fiction, 2007
Read in July, 2007

Not as engaging as Between, Georgia, and I had some problems with the quick resolution of the inherent conflict as well as with Jackson's flashback structure of storytelling; this book doesn't deal with race as well as I wish it had, but Jackson's prose still shines and Arlene and Burr are engaging, beautifully flawed characters. Their relationship -- not Arlene's relationship with her family -- was at the center of this novel for me, and while I enjoyed it, I wish the family relationships had been drawn in a stronger way. Worth reading for Jackson's style.

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Joshilyn Jackson
“There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.”
Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama

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