Synopses & 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 her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who lost her and won't forget how they were done wrong. Now, in Between, Georgia, population 90, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating, and a random act of violence is about to ignite a stash of family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needs...if only Nonny weren't stuck in between.
"The biological daughter of poor, scared teenager Hazel Crabtree, Nonny Frett was left at birth with the wealthy, respectable Frett clan a secret that doesn't keep long in a rural Georgia town of 90 people. Growing up at the center of a Crabtree-Frett feud begun by her birth, Nonny is caught between her biological family and her adopted one, between contempt for her philandering husband and the comfort of marriage, between an apartment in Athens, Ga., and her childhood home, Between. When a Doberman belonging to Nonny's biological grandmother Ona Crabtree attacks Nonny's adopted mom, deaf and blind Stacia Frett, and Stacia's twin sister, Genny, the families' dormant 'war' awakens. Though Jackson (Gods in Alabama) might cut a few corners plotwise, her strengths more than make up for it: plenty of Southern sass ('Don't call me again unless you are personally on fire') and rueful, charming confidences ('I wanted the divorce with all my heart. I did. Only I wasn't sure I wanted it tomorrow') make this a theatrical and well-paced Southern family drama. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"There's a lot to admire in Between, Georgia....[B]y the end the reader is left with the rosy glow of satisfaction at finding so many lives happily tidied up." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A climactic ending with perfect story resolution makes this book tidy and uplifting, and even the most cynical reader will surely smile as the back cover closes." Debi Lewis, Booklist (starred review)
"Between, Georgia is a small miracle, and Nonny Frett is the most engaging woman who ever lived in the pages of a book. Joshilyn Jackson is an enormously talented writer." Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Sweetwater Creek
"A raucous novel, populated by wild characters, tenderly drawn. Joshilyn Jackson writes with wit and warmth about the complex nature of family, while handing down a beautiful and fierce new definition of motherhood."
Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk and coauthor of Which Brings Me to You
The author of "Gods in Alabama" returns with this heartwarming #1 Book Sense Pick about a young Southern woman caught between a decades-old family feud that is escalating and threatening to expose family secrets.
About the Author
Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author of Gods in Alabamaand Between, Georgia. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta.