Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson

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Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase "in
between a rock and a hard place" better than any woman
alive. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the
other four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got two
men: a husband who's easing out the back door; and a
best friend, who's 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 won't forget
how they were done wrong. Now, in Between,
Georgia, a feud that began the night Nonny was born
is escalating and threatening to expose family secrets.
Ironically, it might be just what the town needs...if only
Nonny weren't stuck in between.

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 2, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With her short fuse and history of bungled relationships, Nonny won’t be able to broker a peace agreement and spare future generations of Between’s children from this bitter fight until she claims ownership of her life.

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Publishers Weekly

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Jackson's author biography reveals her to be a "former actor," but listeners will guess that for themselves from the first few tracks of this wonderfully realized audiobook.

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Entertainment Weekly

At birth, the daughter of 15-year-old Hazel Crabtree is pawned off on neighbor Stacia Frett — innocently reigniting a feud between two rural families.

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USA Today

Torn between them is Non-ny Frett, born to teenage Hazel Crabtree but raised in the loving embrace of her adopted "Mama," Stacia Frett, who is deaf and blind, and Stacia's two sisters.

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The one person who can now either exacerbate or mitigate the war that would tear up both families is 30-year-old Nonny Frett, a sign-language interpreter living in Athens, Georgia.

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Stacia decided she wanted to keep the baby so the Fretts decided to do so even though the knew this was wrong.

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To complicate matters there is a failing marriage, a possible new love, an unwanted baby that only Nonny could love, one mother who is deaf and blind and another who is half crazy - and both need her.

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The title of Jackson’s second novel refers not only to a small town equidistant from Athens, Ga., and Atlanta but also to the position of the protagonist and narrator, Nonny Frett.

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Southern Lit Review

In addition to vivid characters, Nonny’s voice is strong and sardonic throwing out thoughts like, “What man wants a woman with one and a half mothers, one def-blind and the other so neurotic she was less than four baby steps from flat crazy,” and “The little red Crabtree who lived...

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