I enjoyed Gods in Alabama so much that I wanted to read more from Joshilyn Jackson. Between Georgia was also a very good, touching, heart-wrenching story about women trying to find their way in this world. Strong characters, strong plot, great story!
I really enjoyed this book. It mixes life in a small southern town and current city life. It opens the world of the deaf and blind. It bespeaks of levels of mental health. What makes family family? What we dislike or are intolerant in others is often our own deficits.
If you liked Gods in Alabama, you are sure to like this one as well. Joshilyn Jackson does it again with a book that you will love to read and will be sad to finish... because you won't want it to be over. The first half of the book is a bit slow because there is so much background story that has to be told. Once you hit the second half though, you will NOT be able to put it down. Great story! Great writing! I highly recommend this author and I highly reocmmend this book. You won't be disappointed.
Elaine S. reviewed Between, Georgia (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 6
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm adding this author to my favorites list. Her writing style is entertaining and the characters are solid. I found myself laughing hysterically, tearing up, and holding my breath all in a matter of a few pages.
This book is about a young woman, Nonny Jane Frett, caught between two families in the very small town of Between, Georgia, the Crabtrees, from whom she was stolen, and the Fretts, by whom she was raised. If that wasn't enough cause for drama, throw in the fact that Nonny has two men in her life, Henry Crabtree, who has been in love with her for ages, and Jonno, her husband. This book is filled with unique characters, crazy, deaf, blind, criminal, this book has it all, another great book by Joshilyn Jackson, although I thought 'Gods in Alabama' was far better. This one starts off with a bang, slows down a bit in the middle, then picks up pace at the end, an enjoyable read overall! I'm beginning to like southern fiction.
I love books about the South by Southern authors. This book has the wildest assortment of characters I have seen in a while. It's not my normal Ann Rivers Siddons or Dorthea Benton Frank, but it will take you for a wild ride, and you can't put it down.
The story of Nonny Frett, who's caught between her adoptive family and her biological family. It's not a fast-paced book but it's a fun read complete with quirky characters, a family feud, secrets and indecision.
Really well written first novel from this author. If you like novels about all inter and intra family drama set in the south, you will love this one. Complex and interesting characters and an easy, but enjoyable, read.
Jackson just knows how to tell a story. That she populates her tales with characters from my family & from down the street is an added bonus. BETWEEN is my second Jackson read; the first was GODS IN ALABAMA. I now plan to read whatever she cares to write. I'm hers to lose.
I just finished listening to this. Very well done, the author reads this herself, I have to admit that did like the reader for Gods In Alabama more. I liked the story, I thought Nonny was a very likable character, but I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to - I definitely preferred the first. This one ended all tied up in a pretty bow and there just wasn't any suspense in it for me. Having said that, I grew up in a small town in SC and this was again, set in a small southern town, so I could totally identify with a lot of things here. Good read, I will be reading the book when I get my hands on it as well :)
This is a book that sucked me in once I started reading. Basically it is the story of growing up. I could relate the the push/pull of family, something we all face.
I highly recommend reading this one!
I got tired of waiting for it on my wish list so I just bought it. It was well worth the purchase price. I have enjoyed both books written by J. Jackson. It is an easy read. Perfect for a book club discussion. Anyone who grew up in a rural, small town in the south should be able to relate to the characters. Highly recommend.
This book was a great read. Joshilyn Jackson knows how to tell a story and tells it well! It was a nice departure from a recently read very dark and heavy book that I read - this one being light and funny and bittersweet. I recommend it! This book will grab you and not let go!
I loved this book! It could be because I am a sign language interpreter myself, and could relate to much of what was taking place in the novel. I especially enjoyed the narration by the author-- many authors are NOT good narrators of their work, but Jackson certainly is excellent. I loved her accents. Made the characters so believable.
I appreciated the title so much, as it was a running theme in the book-- "between". I also quite enjoyed the author's notes at the back, telling about the actual town and such. I really can't wait for this author's next book!
This book is quite different from Jackson's first book, GODS IN ALABAMA, which I devoured upon opening the cover. However, it is a good book in its own right, though not a mystery and written in a much different style. In some ways, I liked it better. It is funny and sad (but not too sad), and everything in between. There's that word again!
I really enjoyed this book. Read it in two days. The characters were so relatable to anyone who grew up in the south. Especially small town south. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
A joy to read from beginning to end. Between, Georgia is a diminutive town tucked between Atlanta and Athens. However, there is nothing small about the characters in this novel. Jackson hooks your attention in the first chapter as she draws you into the circumstances surrounding the birth of the main character, Nonny. Nonny's story is so engrossing and human that it pulls you through to the final paragraphs. I found myself smiling and wishing the story could continue on and on. Quite an enjoyable read.
This is not ordinarily a book I would select but I am glad I did. Excellent writing. The story held my attention and was believable. I liked the characters and the interaction between them The ending was both a surprise but also predictable in a way. I really enjoyed this read and recommend it for those who like "homespun" story lines and fascinating characters. There were many twists and turns to keep you engrossed in the story. Give it a try. I think you will like it.
Loved this book - my first from this author. Easy read - started off quickly and I wanted to continue from cover to cover. Loved so much, I ordered Gods In Alabama which I believe was written prior to Between, Georgia.
I enjoyed this book much more than "gods in Alabama." The characters were more likeable, although they were still very quirky and eccentric as in "gods." I was able to get into the story very quickly and the pace picked up some as the book went on. There is no link between the two books, so if I was choosing one of Jackson's books over the other, I would definitely pick "Between, Georgia."
I enjoyed this book very much. A woman who is given up a a baby by the opposing people of a small town in Georgia. She is a Crabtree, but raised as a Frett. The Crabtrees and the Fretts have an ongoing dispute that puts Nonny Jane in the middle. The Crabtrees are full of "good ole boys" who like to fight and distroy on a moments notice, and often times this is at the peril of the Fretts lives. There is also a journey here for Nonny Jane - some of it is finding romance, and some is doing the right thing. Subplots are interesting, too.
This story is a modern-day Hatfields and McCoys fued based in a small southern town - Between, Georgia. The fueding families are the Fretts and the Crabtrees, and their bone of contention is Nonny Jane. I was hoping for another gods in Alabama, but this was no where near as good as Jackson's first book. The characters are more developed and likeable than those in her third book, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, but my overall response to the book is feeling a bit let down.
Made it through 1 and a half chapters. Had to give it up. Not my idea of a good read. I was so-so about gods in Alabama, but I wanted to see if I liked this book any better, evidently not. So glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't waste a credit.
*********BRAND NEW HARD BACK********
By the author of "God's an Alabama"
Fresh-unpredictable-satisfying...the kind of book you hope never ends but can't wait to pass on to friends.
Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase in between a rock and a hard place better than any woman alive. Shes got two mothers, one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy. Shes got tow men: a husband whos easing out the back door; and a best friend, whos 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 wont 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 needsif only Nonny7 werent stuck in between.