Joshilyn Jackson is coming to Birmingham for a one night show to benefit First Light and you don’t want to miss it. This gal is the only major author we know with a degree in Drama. She’s as comfortable on the stage as she is on the page.
The focus of her show is the release of her incredible new book, Backseat Saints, which besides being her finest literary offering ever (and that’s saying something for this heavily awarded writer), there is a heartwarming message to be gleaned.
Speaking of the show, it’s a special bargain. In addition to helping a wonderful non-profit, a ticket ($35) is barely more than the cost of the book and includes all taxes and a signed copy. Action begins on the evening of June 16 at 7:00. The beautiful Doubletree Hotel is the place – remember the Pat Conroy show. This year, they’ve promised to have all their bars stocked with liquid refreshment and plenty of help.
Joshilyn Jackson is the only writer with books selected back-to-back by The American Booksellers Association as the best in their month of publication and by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association back-to-back as Book of the Year.
For a synopsis of Backseat Saints, which has already received tremendous national acclaim, read this: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 readers with a fresh and heart-wrenching 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 best-seller, 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.