The Almost Sisters

The Almost Sisters

Large Print - 2017
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Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. Shes having a baby boyan unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-olds life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachels marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and shes been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmothers affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that shes pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks shes got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchies been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the familys freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062670847
0062670840
Branch Call Number: F Jackson
Characteristics: 497 pages ;,23 cm

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 14, 2018

Read Jul 2018--story about two southern women, sisters thru rape of a slave serving the master in the family home in Birchwood. Narrated by granddaughter.

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deependgirl
Jun 27, 2018

I think I have read all her books. my favorite is Gods in Alabama.

this got a bit too HMMM... I got bored. it felt disjointed for me.
I felt like Leia thinks I don't remember the story she told a few chapters ago... or how her baby feels inside her body.. or how the small southern town has those phone trees.... or how they all make casseroles.... how small town gossip works.... once is enough for me.. Leia started to become annoying.. like someone who has to keep telling you the same thing over and over and you feel like saying "I KNOW THIS ALREADY"
I listened to the audio book and found myself fast forwarding. To me that was a big sign that this book was not quite my cuppa tea.

rthomson1954 May 09, 2018

Another hit out of the park for Joshilyn Jackson, this spicy work of southern fiction features Leia, a somewhat shy thirty-something cartoonist who finds herself pregnant following a chance encounter with Batman at a Comicon convention. Leia drives to Alabama to check in on her Grandma, Birchie, who has developed dementia, and a family secrets begin to reveal themselves like flowers poking out of the ground, only not all are lovely to behold. Like most of her work it is rich with well developed characters, quirky humor and southern charm.

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Apr 27, 2018

I've loved Joshilyn's work from the beginning, and yet The Almost Sisters still amazed me with its thoughtful consideration of the importance race plays in modern life, especially in the South. Leia has an interesting mix of acceptance and acknowledgement of her own point of view versus that of those around her. And speaking of those around her, Leia also vacillates in her feelings towards her step-sister, Rachel. They share a long and complicated history as all sisters do, but their differences frequently keep them on opposite sides.

Yet the real almost sisters referenced in the title are Leia's grandmother Birchie and Birchie's, well, everything, Wattie. Best friends since they were little, Birchie and Wattie now live together, protecting each others as sisters would do. That relationship is drawn to be one of the loveliest I've seen in a long time.

As I expected, these are people and a place I didn't want to leave. Those who love fully-fleshed, multi-leveled, neither good nor bad characters who, like the rest of us, are a bit of both, will love the honesty that Joshilyn uncovers in how we think about who we are and what we do.

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lola_jane
Apr 26, 2018

Light humour, quirky but lovable characters, and a whole lot of southern charm keep what could otherwise be a heavy story moving and uplifting.
The audiobook, narrated by the author, is very well done.

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dradmol
Dec 19, 2017

Wonderful story, wonderfully written. Was very good at illustrating the two very different souths, as well defining unconditional love. Well worth the read.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 13, 2017

While this book had its moments, it was too disjointed. Leia is an unexpectedly pregnant, 38 year old comic book creator. It’s frustrating that she doesn’t even seem to have any idea what the heroes that she created are or represent. How is she successful if she doesn’t seem to understand her own creations? The mystery about her family’s decades long secret is not handled well. The book seems to want to say something important about race and Southern history, but in the end it’s all brushed aside to showcase quirky old ladies. The best part of the book is the complex relationship between Leia and her step-sister Rachel. Both of them feel a lot of resentment towards each other, but they also show how much they are willing to do for each other.

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ailenemc
Oct 04, 2017

Couldn't finish the book - likeable people making bad decisions....

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eandtheboys
Sep 27, 2017

Joshilyn Jackson has written another wonderful book. I am not a "Nerd" but I loved the references to comic super heroes and the story Leia told with her comic V in V. I also appreciate how it ended, sometimes the end can feel abrupt, but this felt soft, giving us enough of the future to see how we would want it to continue... "You don't see it, but next happens anyway and always. With or without you."

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laphampeak
Sep 07, 2017

A story about an unmarried pregnant woman, with a Southern crew of a family, may not seem to be a gripping novel. Add that the woman had a one nighter with a Batman bedecked fellow Comic Con event attendee, who happens to be of another race, in a segregated style family, and whose grandmother developed an Alzheimers-like disease and reveals a crime of the past,
along with a few other family dysfunctions....... and you have a sure fired ride in this novel.

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