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Between, Georgia

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  12,064 Ratings  ·  1,129 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
ebook, 294 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kim Kaso
I really like Joshilyn Jackson's books. I have read several, my first was an ARC that I won, and I've been working my way backwards since then. This one had a particularly eccentric group of characters and some unusual social situations--apparently based on the author's mother's family from what I read in the afterward--which had the peculiarly small town flavor I remember from my childhood, with a Southern accent. I loved the characters and the relationships, the Southern Gothic aspect of the D ...more
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, library
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
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-setting
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
Just - The romance reader
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Jackson's books more than I think I will, and I always find joy in the relatable characters. Nonny feels like a friend, someone who grew up where I did and deals with the same kind of crazy I deal with. Watching Nonny grow and deal with a wonky family dynamic and a manipulative ex, I found myself invested and hoping for a happy ending. Jackson builds southern characters like few can.
Sarah Jamison
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deja vu, y'all. I started this book thinking I'd heard the story already-- scared teenager wears only sweatsuits to conceal a pregnancy. When the baby comes, she goes to the neighbor's house and gives birth on the floor of foyer. Seemed too familar. But I clearly didn't get past that because the rest of details-- pistols, luna moths, baby stealing and Beatrice's poetry from Much Ado About Nothing were new and strange and wonderful. And drew me into a book that made me laugh and rage and cry and ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
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.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time with this book because although I kept thinking about the book when I wasn't reading was definitely lacking in plot. The beginning was strange and hard for me to follow, the middle was lacking, and the ending was decent. But yet, a couple times I smiled while reading the last two chapters. Side note: I found the protagonist's nicknames for her fellow family members highly annoying. It seemed very forced and excessive to me. I'm all about nicknames fyi. Just felt odd to m ...more
Rosina Lippi
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the author's first novel, the primary focus of Between, Georgia is the narrator's relationship with her female relatives and the greater context of the tiny Georgia town where they all live in anything but peace. The narrator is Nonny, thirty years old, on the brink of divorcing a charming but morally challenged husband. If only she could stay out of his bed. Nonny is an interesting, strong character with an engaging voice but she also has a lot of trouble making up her mind. Not because sh ...more
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
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
Libby Chester
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
♞ Pat Gent
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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