The Almost Sisters

The Almost Sisters Review

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of Gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality - the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

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. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's 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 Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's 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 family's 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.

Title:The Almost Sisters
Edition Language:English

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    The Almost Sisters Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I swear, every time I pick up a book written by Joshilyn Jackson I say it’s the best she’s ever written and she cannot possibly top it, but every time I’m wrong. I had a feeling before ever crac...

  • Will Byrnes

    My whole life I’d seen only one. I loved my South, though I could see how it was broken, plagued still with the legacies of slavery and war and segregation, history and a thousand unseen walls div...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Update: WOW... GREAT DAILY DEAL...$1.99 Kindle download today! VERY ENJOYABLE!!!!!Jackson's creative juices are flying high with her STORY WITHIN THIS STORY. It's sooooo good, that I want to BUY A COP...

  • Jen

    This is the 2nd novel I've read by this author and she continues to impress me. They tend to be written more on the lighter side and when I started this, I rolled my eyes and thought, really the prota...

  • Julie

    The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson is a William Morrow publication. An insane and highly addicting concoction of quirky southern drama-Set in Alabama, this story centers around Leia Birch Briggs, ...

  • Diane S ?

    I adore this author, will read anything she writes. How many author can combine the grace and elegance of the south while deftly showing many of the issues that are still apparent underneath the charm...

  • Angela M

    This is the third book I have read by Joshilyn Jackson and with every one I read I want to read another . I have several of her earlier books to read yet, but I couldn't resist this recently published...

  • Karen

    Oh my, I really enjoyed this book. This is a book of Southern origins. It combines a story line of race relationships, super heroes, single motherhood, and long buried secrets.I've only read one other...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 quirky, superhero stars to Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Review of the audio read by the author! 🎧 Joshilyn Jackson’s narration was so entertaining I will be listenin...

  • JanB

    Funny, quirky, and endearing are words that come to mind when I think of this novel. There are two sets of “almost sisters”: Leia and her stepsister Rachel, and Leia’s 90-year-old grandmother an...