A Grown Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family.
Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb -- spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood -- is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past -- and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.
Many writers shouldn't narrate the audio editions of their books; it's always a disappointment when a talented author who's not equally gifted as an actor decides to go the DIY route. Thankfully, that's not the case with Joshilyn Jackson, whose wild, dark humor shines all the more brightly when she narrates her own work. Like her other novels, this latest is set in the rural South and the voices and accents Jackson creates for her characters are utterly believable. She ably brings to life three women at different stages of life: Ginny, a resourceful 45-year-old grandmother caring for her 30-year-old daughter, Liza, who suffered a debilitating stroke, and her granddaughter, Mosey, a 15-year-old girl who is determined not to become a pregnant teen like her mother and grandmother. When a backyard tree excavation unearths an infant's bones, all three women encounter family secrets that test the strength of their love. Jackson's high-pitched, fast-paced narration serves the story well. A Grand Central hardcover.
I Have Found a New Author!
I have been binge reading 3 of Joshilyn Jackson’s books - Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia and now A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. One is better than the next one. I love her characters - they are real and down to earth and make me laugh out loud sometimes. I will read anything this author writes. Read her! You won’t be disappointed. 👍
Going to find more books by this author.
Didn't want to put it down!
This was my first book by this author but now I'm looking forward to reading more. It took a full chapter and a half to understand the dialect (and I'm from the South, so this shouldn't be that far a stretch for me) but once I did I really got into this book. The storyline and characters are compelling and I found it to be a complete page turner. In fact, I read the last half in one day because I couldn't put it down. Excited to read Jackson's other novels now!