Gods in Alabama: A Review

GiAGods in Alabama is a novel written by Joshilyn Jackson about confronting the demons of one’s past. When she left Alabama, Arlene made three promises to God: She would never again have sex with a man who wasn’t her husband, she would never tell a lie, and she would never go back to Alabama. But when an old school mate finds her in Chicago and starts asking the wrong questions, Arlene is forced to return to Alabama and face the past she so desperately tried to forget.

Joshilyn Jackson (bottom right) at the Dahlonega Literary Festival Author Reception along with fellow author Deanna Raybourn (bottom left) and DLF committee chair, Arienne Wallace (top)
Joshilyn Jackson (bottom right) at the Dahlonega Literary Festival Author Reception along with fellow author Deanna Raybourn (bottom left) and DLF committee chair, Arienne Wallace (top)

Gods is witty and heartfelt. There are laugh-out-loud moments and moment that rip apart your insides with anger and frustration. Jackson magnificently relates the story in a distinct way, giving the reader Arlene’s back-story in a series of flashbacks, but telling them backwards. The reader knows the end of the story first, but is left wondering why until the end.

This tale of murder and guilt is quite engaging. I did not want to put the book down, and before I knew it, the story was over. Gods is my first adventure into one of Jackson’s books, but you can guarantee I’ll be reading more of her quirky and charming writing.

5/5 Stars

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