A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson

Grand Central Publishing | January 25, 2012 | Hardcover

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: January 25, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446582352

ISBN - 13: 9780446582353

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sothern Women's Fiction Reason for Reading: I love southern fiction and have had this author on my want-to-read list for some time now. I actually own one other of her books (I won it) but haven't read it yet and finally got around to reading her with this book. I just love the cover! I used to have a few gingham summer dresses as a kid. I adored this book! What a beautiful, touching story. Set in Mississippi, each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the three women, each 15 years apart in age: Mosey is 14-turning 15, her mother Liza is 30, and Ginny, *her* mother, the grandmother, is 45. I loved every single one of these characters and simply took them into my heart. The story was sad and touching, yet full of hope against all odds. A despairing story that was uplifting at the same time. There is a mystery in the plot and I came up with a solution pretty much near the beginning which was continuously confirmed for me throughout the book, so I was quite shocked when 2/3 of the way through my theory became impossible and the mystery sorted itself out in a completely different direction. I loved this as I figure out mysteries too easily and like it when I'm wrong! I only had one problem with the book and that was that it was a slow read for me, I really don't know why but every time I picked it up I seemed to be reading at a very lazy pace. I was loving the book, but nothing could make me read at my normal speed until the last third of the book when the solving of the mystery comes into play and the action picks up, that part I read quickly. Now there is nothing wrong with a slow read, sometimes a book just demands that you take it in at a leisurely pace and mull it over. I actually kept wishing it was warmer out and I was reading the book under a tree somewhere. Trees are a symbol in the book. This will make a good vacation read, perhaps to take to the cottage with you. I will certainly be adding Joshilyn Jackson to my list of regularly read authors!
Date published: 2012-04-04

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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 in

Published: January 25, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446582352

ISBN - 13: 9780446582353

About the Book

Jackson ("Gods in Alabama") delivers a novel that follows a young woman's search for the truth about who her mother really is.

From the Publisher

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 the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson''s signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine