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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshilyn Jackson Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781594835254
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Nonny Frett understands the meanings of “rock” and “hard place” better than any woman ever born. She’s got two mothers, “one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy.” She’s got two men: her husband, who’s easing out the back door; and her best friend, who’s laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she’s addicted to a little girl who’s stuck deep in the country. To top it off, she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who lost her and can’t forget that they’ve been done wrong. In Between, Georgia, population ninety, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating, and a random act of violence will set the torch to a thirty-year-old stash of highly flammable secrets. This might be just what the town needs, if only Nonny wasn’t sitting in the middle of it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What is especially surprising is how skillfully Jackson manages the large array of divergent character voices, from the calm, matter-of-fact tones of Nonny’s adopted mother to the wild redneck sensibility of her biological grandmother. Particularly delicious is Jackson’s nasal, braying inflection to portray Nonny’s bossy and narrow-minded aunt Bernise…this is a delight from start to finish.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jackson returns with a second quirky and touching novel abut the South…A climactic ending with perfect story resolution makes this book tidy and uplifting, and even the most cynical reader will surely smile as the back cover closes.” 

    Booklist

  • “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

  • “After a great debut with Gods in Alabama, Jackson’s follow-up poses the same dilemma for readers: you can’t wait to finish it but don’t want it to end.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Every now and then a remarkable writer, following in the footsteps of great authors, comes along to re-energize American fiction. So it is with Joshilyn Jackson…Between, Georgia is an exemplary novel by a singular writer who is in full command of the art of storytelling. Paradoxically, the story simultaneously overflows with gut-wrenching sadness and laugh-out-loud humor. Jackson’s novel brilliantly explores abstractions redemption, love and grace through the most compelling characterizations to be found in contemporary fiction. Don’t miss it!” 

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate SouthernBelleSimple | 2/18/2014

    " I just finished this book last night and it was so good! I already read this author's book, Gods in Alabama (which is also good) and this one just jumped out at me. If you like southern stories with strong female characters, this is a great choice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baqash | 2/16/2014

    " not bad enough for a two. it kept me entertained through a long day of medical stuff, but not great literature "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raina | 2/1/2014

    " 3 1/2 star worthy. Good with very eccentric, interesting characters and a powerful explosion of events at the end. Nicely wrapped up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/29/2014

    " Another great southern story of a family of strong women who will sacrifice all and defend all that is theirs regardless of the cost. Great characters that you just fall in love with! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Conrad | 1/7/2014

    " Odd but believable characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 12/29/2013

    " Good story, too many inappropriate details intermingled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/26/2013

    " I loved this. Such a strange, random story. And a wonderful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/12/2013

    " LOVED this book! Read it in 2 nights. Even though I live in Between, GA and the town that she describes is only narrowly like the one I live it, I liked the characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 12/8/2013

    " Disappointing compared to her last novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyric | 11/8/2013

    " I am not sure why I picked up this book and read it....but it actually wasn't bad. I was even a little sad when it ended . Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beez Beasley | 11/3/2013

    " Was so-so. Expected more humor due to write up...and was looking forward to reading something with some humor...but it didn't fulfill that promise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 9/7/2013

    " I didn't want to put this book down. I am officially a Joshilyn Jackson fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 8/13/2013

    " It was very slow in the beginning. I am not familiar with Between, however I am familiar with Georgia overall and it was funny how she made Atlanta and Athens seem like they were 5 hours away from Between. The characters seemed a little too crazy at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 8/8/2013

    " Slightly more predictable than her first book but a totally engaging read all the way. Towards the climax I found my eyes moving over the words faster than my brain could process them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 4/28/2013

    " I actually did not enjoy this book. I just couldn't get into it, I didn't like the writing style and it didn't grab my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillie Bell | 3/3/2013

    " While I do think gods in Alabama was a better book - better conflict & mystery - Between was still a good read. Perhaps Jackson's books are suited for a female audience (looking at other reviews) but I think she handles Southern writing, conflict, and pacing of a story well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KC | 12/19/2012

    " This was a good book, there is something about this author I really like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Srsullivan | 10/29/2012

    " Great book, great characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Hill Alexander | 7/10/2012

    " Great southern story of what really happens with families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/22/2012

    " I couldn't put the book down. I am recommending this book to anyone who enjoys reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana | 12/7/2011

    " This is a great, quick, interesting read. Very much enjoyed it and couldn't wait to finish it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/27/2011

    " an ok book but not as interesting as "gods in Alabama" ... this author needs to get out of the rut of portraying most of her characters as back-woods, barely literate, alcohol abusing, criminals - what's with that?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney B. | 10/14/2011

    " I am really loving Joshilyn Jackson. She is my new favorite author. This was a great book about a family full of dysfunction! Loved how the main character knew ASL and had a deaf and blind mother, beautiful way to tell their story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen Bentley | 8/7/2011

    " I LOVED this book, as I have everything by Joshilyn Jackson! I have the release date of her next book already marked in red on my calendar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 7/30/2011

    " This book was great. I've read 3 of Joshilyn Jackson's books, and I think this is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 7/22/2011

    " i really like her style...southern settings and all...a satisfying ending, but overall i guess that i preferred gods in alabama because of its ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Rose | 7/7/2011

    " I really liked this book. This author is SO good. I found it an unusual story with unusual characters. Much less cussing than her other book I read. Really grew to like these characters. "

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

    " I really enjoy all her books. She's funny mixed with serious topics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 5/15/2011

    " I enjoyed backseat saints and gods in Alabama much more than this one...but it was still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/11/2011

    " Another "Quirky Southern Fiction" title. Nonny Frett came into the world not quite knowing what was going on, and life never seemed to disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lehanks | 4/27/2011

    " I've read several by this author and like her.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/26/2011

    " So good. So good. SO. GOOD. Enough said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 4/22/2011

    " Not as good as Gods of Alabama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/16/2011

    " Don't waste your time on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay | 3/27/2011

    " Fun southern book set in the real life town of Between, Georgia. The character development is excellent. You see and can hear these characters as you read. I seldom give 5 stars but this book is so much fun I am giving it the max of stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/26/2011

    " I loved this. Such a strange, random story. And a wonderful ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ctroskoph | 3/15/2011

    " Started this book and then realized that I had already read it. If memory serves correctly, it was not worth reading again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/3/2011

    " love the book and the narrator(author). story about two families, the Crabtrees and the Freets, and everyone in between. how the ugliness between the two families can effected a whole town. lots of evilness on both sides with a goodness of common bond, Nonny and Fisher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 3/1/2011

    " I just re-read this book because I didn't remember having read it, even after starting to re-read it - never a good sign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/28/2011

    " So yes, I thought I would read some southern chick lit for a while. Fun "

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About the Author
Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times 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. Jackson 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. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.