Friday, October 29, 2010

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

From the author's website: When Arlene Fleet headed off to college in Chicago, she made three promises to God: She would never again lie, she would stop fornicating with every boy who crossed her path, and she'd never, ever go back to her tiny hometown of Possett, Alabama (the "fourth rack of Hell"). All God had to do in exchange was to make sure the body of high school quarterback Jim Beverly was never found.
Ten years later, Arlene has kept her promises, but an old school-mate has recently turned up asking questions. And now Arlene's African American beau has given her a tough ultimatum: introduce him to her family, or he's gone. As she prepares to confront guilt, discrimination, and a decade of deception, Arlene is about to discover just how far she will go to find redemption - and love.

Loved it! Just like Backseat Saints. This book actually came first but I read it second and I am so glad. I had listened to Backseat Saints on audio, read by the author in her great Southern drawl. Because I had done that first, I could still hear her voice in my head as I read this one and that made it just that much more enjoyable. With both these books, I didn't want them to end but couldn't stop myself from reading non-stop practically straight through. Great reads, can't wait to get my hands on her other books.

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