Almost Sisters is the most recent novel by Joshilyn Jackson. She is a local author in the Atlanta area. I often go and visit the local authors. I saw Joshilyn Jackson with Patti Callahan Henry at a local library. She discussed her work with prisoners in one of the local prisons where she teaches creative writing.
“Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.” (Amazon)
Unfortunately, I cannot say this is my favorite Joshilyn Jackson novel. The Dragon Con aspects of the novel did not really appeal to me. I loved the mystery that is discovered when Leia finds out that her grandma stole her car to hide a decades old family secret. I felt that this family secret which is a mystery that carried the novel. It was worth finishing the book to find out how it would end. Ms. Jackson is a talented writer and I look forward to her next novel.
You can order a copy of Almost Sisters here.