The Almost Sisters

The Almost Sisters

Book - 2017
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"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."
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062105714
006210571X
Branch Call Number: FICTION JACKS...J
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm

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yesucan
Nov 30, 2017

Could not put this book down. It was a story of love of family, betrayal, small town prejudices and loyalty. It teaches us about southern divisiveness because of skin colour, even in this day and age and about people who love each other and are completely colour blind. Do please read this book and recommend it to family and friends. It is worth every second.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 13, 2017

While this book had its moments, it was too disjointed. Leia is an unexpectedly pregnant, 38 year old comic book creator. It’s frustrating that she doesn’t even seem to have any idea what the heroes that she created are or represent. How is she successful if she doesn’t seem to understand her own creations? The mystery about her family’s decades long secret is not handled well. The book seems to want to say something important about race and Southern history, but in the end it’s all brushed aside to showcase quirky old ladies. The best part of the book is the complex relationship between Leia and her step-sister Rachel. Both of them feel a lot of resentment towards each other, but they also show how much they are willing to do for each other.

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ailenemc
Oct 04, 2017

Couldn't finish the book - likeable people making bad decisions....

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eandtheboys
Sep 27, 2017

Joshilyn Jackson has written another wonderful book. I am not a "Nerd" but I loved the references to comic super heroes and the story Leia told with her comic V in V. I also appreciate how it ended, sometimes the end can feel abrupt, but this felt soft, giving us enough of the future to see how we would want it to continue... "You don't see it, but next happens anyway and always. With or without you."

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laphampeak
Sep 07, 2017

A story about an unmarried pregnant woman, with a Southern crew of a family, may not seem to be a gripping novel. Add that the woman had a one nighter with a Batman bedecked fellow Comic Con event attendee, who happens to be of another race, in a segregated style family, and whose grandmother developed an Alzheimers-like disease and reveals a crime of the past,
along with a few other family dysfunctions....... and you have a sure fired ride in this novel.

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