If you are looking for a great read for your Labor Day holiday, “The Almost Sisters” by Joshilyn Jackson is the perfect choice. It follows Leia Birch Briggs, a successful writer and illustrator of her comic book Violence in Violet. On a tequilla-soaked night at a comic-book convention she is swept off her feet by “Batman” for a one night fling that results in a surprise pregnancy. Before she can break the news of her impending single-motherhood, she must head to Birchville, Alabama (a small town her family founded generations ago) when she learns her ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, has been hiding her rapidly progressing dementia. Her plans to put Birchie’s affairs in order are put on hold when she learns that there are more Birch family secrets that could change everything. This is a great read and I loved it for two reasons: I love books about the south (since that’s where I was born) and I loved her relationship with her grandmother, Birchie. My sweet grandmother, “Nanny”, passed away five years ago and I still miss her very much. There are so many layers to this story and lots of twists and turns. It combines unexpected topics like superheroes, single motherhood, prejudice and long-buried family secrets and their impact. Great story and great characters. I look forward to reading more books from Joshilyn Jackson.
As the last days of summer are fading and fall will be upon us soon, I wish you the best on this Labor Day holiday!
What are you reading now? I’d love to hear your comments below!
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