Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

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Rose Mae Lolley's mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she's living the very life her mother abandoned. She's all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it's time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy's ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Starring a minor character from Jackson's bestselling gods in Alabama, BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with its stunning portrayal of the measures a mother will take to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will travel to satisfy the demands of forgiveness.

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
Published May 20, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. 362 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jackson (The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, 2008, etc.) briefly introduced Rose Mae Lolley in her first novel Gods of Alabama when she came to Chicago looking for a high-school sweetheart ten years after he disappeared.

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During what seems like a chance meeting, Rose receives a tarot card reading and is told she'll have to choose between her husband's life and her own, though Rose later realizes, conveniently for the plot, that the card reader is her estranged mother.

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Book Reporter

After being abandoned as a young girl by her abused mother, Rose Mae Lolley is raised by her hard-drinking father who teaches her to be an expert shot and turns his fists on her as a replacement for her mother.

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Suite 101

"Gods in Alabama" author Joshilyn Jackson's new novel, "Backseat Saints," is an action-packed romp through the darker side of love, marriage, and family.

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Star News Online

Well, Ro/Rose Mae was raised a cradle Catholic (though Thom's family tries hard to convert her), and her mental life is as wild and grotesque as Flannery O'Connor's.

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All Things Girl

I picked up a copy of her first book, gods in Alabama, where Backseat Saints main character, Rose Mae Lolley, makes her first appearance.

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It becomes a journey away — almost — from the husband who abuses her and a journey toward — almost — a family that surprises her with what they are capable of.

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