A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

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A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. 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 ...

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Overview

A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Family Circle
"A valentine to the bonds of family!"
The Atlantic
"A deeply felt, engaging story."
All You Magazine
"Three generations of Slocumbs grapple with deep-buried family secrets in this entertaining Southern whodunit."
Gina Webb
"[There are] hundreds of moving parts in the machinery of Jackson's intricate mystery, all deliciously unraveled one tantalizing clue at a time."
Melissa Ruggieri
"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."
Kristine Huntley
Praise for A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty:

"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."

Larry Cox
"A quirky mystery that serves up a delicious blend of likeable characters, plot twists and life as seen through the eyes of three remarkable women in a Southern family, namely Mosey, Ginny, and Liza. The dialogue is authentic and the writing insightful and unexpectedly witty."
Chris Waddington
"Gripping."
Theresa Weaver
"An unforgettable story of generational dysfunction and sloppily buried secrets."
Hannah Sampson
"Compelling....Jackson introduces some truly appalling villains as well as a handful of affable supporting characters... The Slocumb women are easy to root for."
Jennifer McMahon
"A clever, hilarious, wild adventure of a mystery that immediately pulls you in. You'll be desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree-and will love every delicious layer of Joshilyn Jackson's latest."
PW
"Highly immersive... a compelling page turner."
From the Publisher
"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

"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

"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine

Mark Childress
"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."
Adriana Trigiani
"Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional rollercoasters, old lies and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson's signature style explodes in A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY. Buckle up and enjoy!"
Katie Lewis
"Engrossing... A mystery, comedy and drama wrapped up in one."
Sara Gruen
"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!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446582360
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 220,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author of gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming; and Backseat Saints. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta. Visit her website at www.joshilynjackson.com.

Biography

During her trek from a tiny town in Alabama to a university in the big city of Chicago, Arlene Fleet makes a deal with God: If she agrees to never lie, never fornicate again, and never return to that little Alabama town, than God will agree to ensure that a certain corpse is never unearthed. Perhaps this is not the kind of deal to be made by a good southern girl, but Arlene Fleet isn't quite a good southern girl. She is, however, the central character in Joshilyn Jackson's breakthrough debut novel, Gods in Alabama.

Jackson wrote Gods in Alabama after a journey up north of her own. Much like Arlene, she was born in the South, and according to her official biography, "raised by a tribe of wild fundamentalists." Also like Arlene, Jackson eventually moved to Chicago, where she taught English at UIC. However, Arlene is no mere stand-in for the author. Although she is often asked if she based the character upon herself, Jackson is ready to admit that she does not have much in common with the promiscuous girl who may or may not be a murderer. In fact, when Arlene Fleet made her very first appearance in a short story titled "Little Dead Uglies," the narrator makes no bones about loathing her. Nevertheless, Jackson became fascinated with the character. "She wouldn't leave me alone," she explained to readersroom.com. "She's such a TINY part of that story. A few sentences. But every time I would go back to work on that story, she would kinda glitter at me... I KNEW she had a secret, and I knew she was something big, a novel waiting to happen. If only I had known what her secret was."

Jackson explored both the character and that secret in Gods in Alabama, and the results are a playful but dark dose of southern gothic humor. It also became Jackson's first published novel after two previous efforts failed to sell. Gods in Alabama more than makes up for any previous failures, though, as both a commercial and critical success and a No. 1 pick at Booksense.com.

Now Jackson, who is also an accomplished actor and playwright, is offering up her second novel, which once again finds the writer stirring up her southern heritage to create a sort of modern take on the infamous rivalry between the Hatfields and the McCoys. In Between, Georgia, Nonny Frett is caught between to feuding families: the Fretts, the family that provided her with a good southern upbringing after stealing her as a child, and the Crabtrees, the family that lost her and wants revenge. Once again, Jackson has crafted another unique and witty novel. Publishers Weekly has called Between, Georgia a "theatrical and well-paced Southern family drama" with "plenty of Southern sass." Jackson, for one, is quick to ensure those who were delighted by the one-of-a-kind voice that she established in Gods in Alabama that Between, Georgia will not disappoint. "It's a different book, but at the same time, I think it's pretty obvious I wrote it," she told southernlitreview.com. "It's that same odd blend of humor and violence."

Good To Know

Jackson's friends have accused her of being "dead inside" because she isn't particularly fond of music. However, that did not stop her from fronting a band and singing PJ Harvey tunes when she was a graduate student.

Before hitting pay dirt with Gods in Alabama, Jackson pursued a career in acting and even toured for a time with a dinner theater troupe.

As well as being a writer of novels and short stories, Jackson has also made a name for herself on the theater circuit, penning such plays as Another Snow White and Screwing Lazarus.

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Jackson:

"I get depressed if I don't have a little animal or two clotting up the house. Right now we have gerbils that my kids named Hotshot and Snickers. I like to pretend I got them for the kids, but the truth is, I like the little blighters myself and am the one who plays with them and feeds them and such most often. We also have an enormous one-eyed Maine Coon cat named Schubert. I would fear for the rodents, except Schubert is entirely too massive to lumber to the top of the table where the gerbil house sits. This is a very low number of pets for me. My husband thinks it is PLENTY of pets, but I secretly want to add a dog. And a horse. And some lizards...maybe a little chinchilla."

"I've always wanted to be a writer. My mother has a box full of books I wrote and published via the ‘Crayola and stapler' method."

"I can't remember a time when I couldn't read -- I've been doing it since before I had concrete memory. I learned accidentally before preschool by thieving my older brother's books and watching Sesame Street. I think that was one of the reason's I loved To Kill a Mockingbird so much. I first read it when I was a kid, and I identified strongly with Scout when she taught herself reading by sitting on Atticus's lap and looking at his newspapers.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    Another Great one from Jackson

    Jackson has done it again.

    I am a long-time fan of Joshilyn Jackson, as is noted here and here. Her writing takes me away into the worlds in her book, and the characters always feel so instantly like I've known them my whole life. Would it be weird to call her books "comfortable"? Because right from the prologue of this newest novel, I knew I was going to be stuck in my chair until the end.

    Wow, was the drama in this story heavy! And powerful, like a punch to the stomach, or a terrible image you accidentally stumbled upon on the internet. I completely loved the characters. Poor Mosey and her search for who she is, her turmoil over being a teenager with a dysfunctional family. She was so realistically wise beyond her years. Big was another I enjoyed immensely, as a mother who is trying to protect her children and her heart amidst an unspeakable crime. And whoo-boy, the dialog that came out of Lawrence's mouth weakened my knees! Once the clues started falling into place, I found myself feverishly turning the pages for more. A fantastic story by a much loved author.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    Is the simplest answer always the right one?

    Mosey has grown up in a house with her mother and grandmother, two women that have been scandalizing their Baptist community for 46 years. She is a great student, and a good kid but her family is one kind of obsessive about keeping her that way to the point of ridiculous. Mosey has no desire to be 14 and pregnant she has bigger goals set for herself if only the self-righteous would step aside.

    She was born illegitimate as was her mother before her but that is where they part familiar traits. Her mother was wild until a stroke knocked the life out of half her body and now Mosey’s grandmother is determined to bring her back. Mosey’s mother “Little” continued to struggle until the day a small treasure box is pulled from the ground in their backyard. After a tree is removed and Little sees what has happened the first word she says clearly is mine. Mosey and her grandmother “Big” have no idea what is in the box or how it got there but something has brought Little back to fight another day and now everyone wants to solve the mystery of the little box with so much to tell.

    As the story unfolds you discover that Little may have had some secrets she played close to her heart so does Big. So much as gone on while Mosey was trying to remain the good girl that at some point as the secrets pour out she wonders why? The adventure that started with the discovery of that little box becomes an obsession of lies and deceit that no one could ever imagine. When everything falls out of that box it will not only spill truth but also shine a light from above on the lies that everyone has been telling all these many years.

    Joshilyn Jackson makes every reader unable to put her books down and weep when they are over the sadness of them ending unbearable. There is so much to this story that no character is considered secondary with every twist and turn integral to the plot.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Beautiful

    Lovely book filled with family, love tragedy and everything in between.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Gorgeous story, rich with colour and personality

    Joshilyn has a gift for getting to the heart of it. Her characters are as real as you and I are and the situations, while entirely unlikely, are absolutely feasible and beautifully handled. This is my first Jackson read. She's terrific.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Incredible.

    This beautiful story captivated me from page 1, and I'm eager to read more from the author. I suggest you allow yourself a large chunk of time to enjoy this book because you won't want to put it down.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    It had everthing!

    This book had all the pieces - drama, mystery, romance, tragedy, family relationships and it made all the characters come alive. You get to know characters pretty well. Life is never what it seems. The phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" is aptly applied to this book. Characters are so much more than they seem and so is don't believe everything you hear because that is what this book reveals...what you hear is not what actually has happend. Look forward to more of her novels.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good plot but

    First time reading this author. The plot was good but the excessive swearing did nothing to add to the story line. I
    Would try this author again because she did have an engaging writing style

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Great book!

    So true to life----how your family is not always family genetically but still family!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    good read

    interesting characters. good author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Awesome

    This book couldn't have been anymore amazig than it already was! I was looking for a new story that woud keep me holding on and this is it! I recommend this to everyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    This is so good it rivals The Help and Water for Elephants. The

    This is so good it rivals The Help and Water for Elephants. The audio is read by the author and proves she is as gifted a storyteller in-person as on paper. Highly, HIGHLY reccommend. Can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love to be transported into this world for a immensely entertaining few hours. Going back into search to see what else Ms. Jackson has written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Another page turner

    Joshilyn Jackson's book are always intertaining and laced with humor and suspense. A great tale about complicated family relationships and social status. This book draws you in and wont let you go. Told through the eyes of 3 generations of women all with secrets to hide. Great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Finally - a good book!

    I've read a LOT of books this summer - most of them were cheap Nook purchases - and they were crap. This book was a treat from beginning to end. As a reformed bad girl, I could relate to Liza. As a mom, I could relate to Big. Mosey's character was as real as my own teenage sons. Great story, kept me reading to find out the next revelation. I had to stop myself from reading the whole thing in one night - I wanted it to last. Now I'm going back to read Between, GA - which, by the way, is a real town I used to pass thru on my way to Y Camp in the summer. Thanks, Ms Jackson, for a good summer read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    NICE STORY

    I enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

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    Its Joshilyn Jackson-as if anymore needs to be said!!

    Her characters are so easy to relate to b/c she writes in such a way that you find yourself AS the character. Its truly like your there watching your dead grandbaby being uneartherd, or trying to communicate after youve had a stroke ect. this is the kind of book that you tell yourself you will read a chapter before bed and then next thing you know it 2:00 am and you still want more!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Enjoyed

    Jackson has done it again. Amazing book of family and the emotions that go along with them. Truely a gifted voice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Nail bitter

    Amazing story line is all I can say. I fell in love with these wonderful women from the first chapter and stayed glued to the book for days. Reading it until my eyes blurred. What a creative story line. Wow! I love to read generation stories, but this is a whole new way of reading generations. Will be reading more of Joshilyn Jackson's books for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    How can I write my review without offending everyone who loved t

    How can I write my review without offending everyone who loved this book. "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty" is about three main characters- Big, who's daughter is Liza and Mosey who is Liza's daughter. Every fifteen years, the three women are plagued with hardships and the book is based on one of those fifteen years. Filled with family secrets and the choices that were made, Big and Liza are trying to make right so that Mosey doesn't become the same statistic as they were - a teenage mother.

    The book is written with a chapter dedicating to each character, which I do like because you get to know the characters and what it is like living in their shoes. What I don't like is the writing style especially when I read Mosey's chapters. I get it, she is fourteen but wow - I wanted to scratch my eyes out every time she was talking/texting.

    The moral of this book is to accept your path in life - and try to do right even when you have done wrong. Life is full of choices and together this family will become stronger even when two wrongs doesn't make a right.

    In my opinion, this book was about a small town family that is trying to make a better life for each other - it just wasn't what I thought it would be and I wasn't impressed or captivated like other readers.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

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    I am so a Joshilyn Jackson fan for life. Another brilliant outin

    I am so a Joshilyn Jackson fan for life. Another brilliant outing. She writes fifteen-year-old Mosey so perfectly, she must have total recall or a teenager in her house. I adore this character and her quirky sidekicks. But the real star is Big, Mosey's tiny, forty-five-year-old grandmother with an indomitable will, fiercely loving heart, and twelve-year-hots for the married sheriff. Even Liza, Big's daughter and Mosey's mother, turns into a spit-fire character as she recovers her lost self from a stroke.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

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    Family Bonds - Southern Humor

    This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson and purchased the audio version. The narrator was also the author, which is a plus, cine they put passion into their reading.

    There was much going on in this book and the author does not miss a beat. A Grown up Kind of Pretty, set deep in the south in Mississippi with three generations of women: Jenny (Big) age 45, Jenny’s daughter (Lisa) age 30, and her daughter (Mosey) Age 15. There is much drama and mystery regarding a small grave in their back yard with bones from a baby.

    These three women have experienced many hardships yet are bound together by family. Mosey is sassy and spirited and is determined to get to the bottom of the small grave. Liza has experienced a stroke and is haunted by her choices as a teen. However, Jenny the strong and big hearted grandmother the solid one who defends her family. It's a courageous story about mothers and daughters and the strong and powerful love binding them as family.

    A comical southern novel full of banters and one liners which will keep you laughing – no big surprises or big twists; however, if you like Southern Fiction, readers will find entertaining.

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