A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
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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.
 

About Joshilyn Jackson

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Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author of gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; and Backseat Saints. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta. Visit her website at www.joshilynjackson.com.
 
Published January 25, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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To help her avoid the temptations at the public high school, Liza even found the tuition money to send Mosey to private Calvary High until Liza, although drug-free for years, suffered a debilitating stroke at a Calvary function, leaving her semi-paralyzed.

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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 mo...

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The Slocumb women suffer from an unfortunate curse: every 15 years something bad happens.

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Examiner

But as the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.” And in the rural woods of Mississippi, amid buried bones, adultery, and revenge, it may take a miracle.

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You may want to shake some sense into Ginny, yell at Liza and try to snatch Mosey from the train wreck her life is trying to become, but you’ll be glad you met them.

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Birmingham Public Library

Mosey Slocumb is the youngest and desperately wants to find her true family.

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Palatine Public Library

As Jenny and Mosey try to figure out the child's identity and what it means for their family, Liza must come to terms with a painful secret from her past.

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