Thursday, July 08, 2010

What is Joshilyn Jackson reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Joshilyn Jackson, author of the newly released Backseat Saints.

One book tagged in her entry:
The 19th Wife was a gift from Calvin Crosby at Books INC in San Francisco, and that guy can pick my next read anytime. It’s a novel that swings back and forth in time, from Brigham Young’s 19th wife and her crusade to end polygamy to a contemporary murder mystery that features “lost boys,” young men forcibly run off by the older, powerful men running a town of modern day polygamists. It’s a page turner for sure, and a compassionate examination all the ways--for good or ill--we ...[read on]
Among the early praise for Backseat Saints:
"For me, the arrival of a Joshilyn Jackson novel feels like the first perfect day in a favorite season and BACKSEAT SAINTS is no exception. It is enthralling, heartbreaking and surprising in equal measure. I am so very glad that I got to know the girl who was born Rose Mae Lolley -- and, better yet, that she got to know herself as well."
--Laura Lippman, NYT bestselling author of Another Thing to Fall and Life Sentences

"Joshilyn Jackson dives into darker, deeper water in Backseat Saints-- with all her readers firmly in tow. As always, a riveting read."
--Lee Smith, NYT bestselling author of On Agate Hill and The Last Girls

"Backseat Saints will pull you in and won't let you out until the last page. Raw, tangy and funny, it is an enthralling peek into the secret sorority of mistreated women. Follow the journey of one courageous, witty woman who decides, I'm not going to take this anymore. I love reading about smart, flawed and ultimately wise women, like Rose Mae."
--Kathryn Stockett, NYT bestselling author of The Help
Learn more about the author and her books at Joshilyn Jackson's website and blog.

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