Weekly Rec: gods in Alabama

The Rec:

This week’s rec is gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

What it’s about:

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now.

When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene’s door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene’s break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist) Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home.

As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.

(Note: This is the book description from Amazon)

What I love about it:

So much, honestly. This is one of my favorite books of all time for a reason. It packs so much heart and emotion along the main character’s journey. Really, that’s what the book comes down to: her journey and her realization and understanding of what family really looks like and what the bonds of love will lead you to do for someone else. I feel that in almost every book Joshilyn Jackson writes. There’s always a mystery/thriller element, but that is purely the vessel by which she tells a deeper, more meaningful story, typically about the bonds of family and friendship, what love is, and the personal journeys her characters go on. The same is true of this story. It’s impossible to explain exactly why I love this book so much without giving everything away, because it’s truly the tiny moments laced throughout the bigger story that make this book as special as it is.

My favorite quote:

This quote is so good. I remember needing to write a random book for some improv thing in an acting class once and using this. The guy who delivered it reminded me of Josh Gad and just said it was so much drama and mystery in his voice. So good. That said, I still remembering reading this line for the first time and thinking that I wanted to know everything. There aren’t that many lines from books that I remember reading for the first time, and even though it’s been 15 years, I still remember how this line made me feel when I read it.

You’ll love it if you love:

  • Family drama
  • Complicated families
  • Stories set in the south
  • Complex heroines
  • Family secrets
  • Sexy and extremely supportive men
  • Suspense/Mystery

I hope you’ll check this book out and give it a read, it’s truly one of my favorite books ever. If you’ve read it, hit the comments and let me know if you like it. It’s currently available on amazon in a variety of formats. The kindle edition is 10.99 to buy.

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