A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/24/2012)
Hardcover, Large Print (1/25/2012)
Compact Disc (9/25/2012)
Compact Disc (1/25/2012)
MP3 CD (1/25/2012)
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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.
Praise For A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel…
"A mesmerizing tale of a family coping with the revelation of a secret that will change their lives... Jackson's most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core."—Kristine Huntley, Booklist (Starred Review)
"A valentine to the bonds of family!"
"[A] warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up."
"Jackson's signature style-the feisty, bighearted voice of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints-propels this funny, dark whodunit, where strong women who've made bad choices band together to come out on top."—Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A deeply felt, engaging story."
"Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It's a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the clever plot twists I've come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note: Here's your next pick!"
—Sara Gruen, NYT bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House
"A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page."—Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama
"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes inA GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"
—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine
Grand Central Publishing, 9780446582360, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012