Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

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For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now.
When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home.
As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.

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 April 1, 2005 by Grand Central Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Arlene and Burr drive down to Alabama to visit with Arlene’s formidable Aunt Florence, who raised her after her father died and her mother sank into a permanent, pill-popping depression.

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Arlene Fleet has been keeping her promises to God for twelve years and avoiding a visit home to Alabama for ten when a familiar face forces her to begin breaking those promises.

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Entertainment Weekly

Put some Drive-By Truckers on the stereo for this bumpy ride through the dirty South, titled Gods in Alabama.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In this debut novel, 20-something Arlene Fleet hasn’t lied, fornicated, or returned to her hometown of Possett, Alabama in more than 10 years.

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Gods in Alabama is a well-paced story that skillfully interweaves Arlene's past and the events surrounding Jim Beverly's demise with the present and her need to come to terms with her own past.

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... When Arlene Fleet fled small-town Possett, Alabama, she made a pact with God: in exchange for his help in keeping a murder quiet, she would ...

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... Joshilyn-jackson-gods-in-Alabama A while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Joshilyn Jackson's, Backseat Saints. I loved the book so much ...

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