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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:
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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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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