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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshilyn Jackson Narrator: Joshua Ferris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607882237
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Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As “Mrs. Ro Grandee” she’s trapped in a marriage that’s thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting “Ro” make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy—-one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose’s beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.

Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro’s perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she’s been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate—-death by marriage—-and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.

Backseat Saints will dazzle listeners with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she’s created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular bestseller, Gods in Alabama, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Joshilyn Jackson is a storyteller whose clarity and elegant poetry are worthy of the tradition of our great Southern writers. The really big surprise is her reading. Jackson reads with energy, enthusiasm, and the finesse of an accomplished voice actor. Her artful characterizations draw listeners into Nonny's world, filled with quirky, genuine, and original characters. AudioFile Magazine on Between, Georgia
  • While set in the languid deep South, the pace is rapid. Jackson's reading keeps things brisk without going too swiftly. Jackson's excellent reading allows characters' voices to reveal much about their histories and personalities: Laurel's gentle but determined manner, her outrageously funny sister's sarcasm, the thick drawl of an impoverished girl visiting from Alabama. A brief interview with Jackson at the end offers some insight into the book's genesis and development and into her writing habits. Publishers Weekly on The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
  • 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HELP
  • BACKSEAT SAINTS is an unputdownable story about love, survival, and shedding the past. Rose Mae Lolly is tough, passionate, funny, and fierce, one hell of a heroine to guide us through one hell of an adventure. Any time Joshilyn Jackson is in the driver's seat, I'm along for the ride. --Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of THE YEAR OF FOG
  • The arrival of a Joshilyn Jackson novel feels like the first perfect day in a favorite season and BACKSEAT SAINTS is no exception. Laura Lippman, author of LIFE SENTENCES
  • Readers everywhere will rejoice to be back in the land of gods in Alabama. BACKSEAT SAINTS is a heart-thrilling, can't-stop-reading book about the unique and unforgettable Rose Mae Lolley. I loved this novel. Michael Lee West, author of MERMAIDS IN THE BASEMENT
  • From the moment I began reading, I could not put this book down. Rose Mae is an enduring character with a fierce and unstoppable spirit. This is a beautifully written story about an important subject. Pass the word. Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of THE LACE READER and THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES
  • “Jackson’s writing becomes kinetic, reflecting her heroine’s metamorphosis.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jackson peels back Rose’s hard edges and resignation to reveal a smart, earnest, brave, and surprisingly hopeful young woman who yearns to make a better life for herself. Rose’s salvation, when it comes, is positively breathtaking.” 

    Booklist

  • “Joshilyn Jackson’s sassy Texas twang details Rose Mae’s unraveling as she stumbles upon a gypsy fortune-teller who appears to know just about everything about her life and who convinces her that her husband will murder her unless she kills him first…Jackson escorts the listener as Rose Mae evolves into a determined, introspective gunslinger who is intent on tricking fate.” 

    AudioFile

  • “The work of a first-rate writer.” 

    BookPage

  • Selected for the June 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Page | 1/8/2014

    " The book sucks you in almost immediately. I found Rose's character annoying b/c she was weak but interesting nonetheless. It was an easy read and would make a good discussion book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/3/2014

    " Very fast read with hooks that kept me reading - what happens to Fat Gretel, the dog - is the woman in the airport really her mother - is there a happy ending? Rose Mae, Ro, Ivy, has spent her life being abused by her father and her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/25/2013

    " Jackson writes literary Southern fiction with a humorous twist and I keep going back for more. This time she resurrects a character from "gods in Alabama" and tackles domestic violence. Rose Mae is not character I will soon forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Taylor | 12/24/2013

    " Upon reading the synopsis of this book i had a good snort. I mean, airport gypsy? Come on! That said, I ended up enjoying this book much more than I had anticipated. I devoured it quickly, lapping up the complexly structured plot and the rich characters. Ms. Jackson's dark humor and skillful writing made it a sumptuous brain treat. I was thrilled to discover this isn't the first of Jackson's novels based on this character/storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 12/11/2013

    " WOW what a plot twist!! I will have to read Gods in Alabama now that I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/16/2013

    " I went to book club for this one before I read it, and almost no one there liked it. They hated Rose for allowing herself to be abused, and they thought the mom was unrealistic. Maybe I'm more forgiving, because I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Thompson | 11/4/2013

    " This was a surprisingly very entertaining story. I listend to the recording and loved the reader's voice and accent. I found myself laughing more than sighing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 10/23/2013

    " I felt that she was too wordy at times but it was a good story and I was surprised by the end. If you are going to read this, make sure you read Gods in Alabama first!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 9/27/2013

    " Loved the symbolism of the cover art more than the book itself. A little racy for my sensibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kentkelsey | 7/15/2013

    " I like books set in the South - like this writer - good to read, although I liked Gods in Alabama better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KrisT | 5/29/2013

    " 4.5 stars! I listened to this one read by the author and it was wonderful. I was pulled into the characters lives and felt the emotion and the wonderful images the author portrayed with her words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/17/2013

    " I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Such a colorful writer. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book and wanted it to keep going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 2/13/2013

    " This was an interesting read and at the end of the book you get chapter one of the next book which ties in to the one you just read...a teaser!!! I loved her characters, it was tough to read in certain parts, and has an ending I was not expecting....I liked it though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/22/2012

    " This book was about a gal in an extremely physically abusive marriage. Her father was abusive as well and it was interesting to read how this poor girl picked men who were like her father. Such an interesting and fast read, I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 12/9/2011

    " I loved this book all the way til the last 5 pages. The ending was a bit sweet and tidy for my taste. Ro was such a fantastic character and its unusual to read a book about domestic violence that doesnt invoke pity...an interesting and original perspective. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindykaye Gordon | 11/13/2011

    " Another reference to the Cadillac Ranch. This author weaves mentions of various people, places, etc. through each of her books. None of the books are sequels - but the author often revisits a character. I do recommend you start with Gods in Alabama. Looking forward to her fifth book due out in July. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 7/29/2011

    " Seemed really long and slow moving. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 5/15/2011

    " I hate, hate, hated the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 4/30/2011

    " I loved this book all the way til the last 5 pages. The ending was a bit sweet and tidy for my taste. Ro was such a fantastic character and its unusual to read a book about domestic violence that doesnt invoke pity...an interesting and original perspective. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/26/2011

    " I loved this book! Once again, Joshilyn Jackson has kept my attention from start to finish. Although, it was slow starting for me, it soon picked up speed and I was flipping pages in a blur. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kckottkamp | 4/25/2011

    " Fast read that had me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/22/2011

    " I wasn't sure that I liked it about half way through, but then it had some twists I did not expect. I enjoyed it so much that I am reading the "prequel" to this one, Gods in Alabama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 4/19/2011

    " I little bit too much of the same story of "Gods in Alabama". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 4/12/2011

    " Interesting book. I loved the authors use of language. Listening on audio made it even better because of the southern accent. Really kept my attention and by the end I couldn't put it down. Thanks for the recommendation, Nancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/6/2011

    " Although moments were outside my comfort zone, that is was convinced me it was so good. It pushed me to keep reading and I was well satisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 4/1/2011

    " Like all of Joshilyn Jackson's book, I loved this one. Her plots just pull you in and keep you reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanina | 3/28/2011

    " Absolutetely loved this book. The audio version is narrated by the author, which is such a treat, to hear the passion of her voice in this sad but wonderful story. "

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About the Author
Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson is the bestselling author of Backseat Saints, Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and short-listed for the Townsend Prize. She won the SIBA Book Award for Fiction in 2005, and, as a former actor, was nominated for an Audie Award and received a Listen Up Award from Publishers Weekly.

About the Narrator

Joshua Ferris received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner. He was born in Danville, Illinois, grew up in Key West, and now lives in Brooklyn.