Read by Joshilyn Jackson
January 25, 2012 / ISBN: 978-1611139921
Southern Fiction / Humorous / Contemporary / Family/ Relationships
/ Audiobook (Unabridged) / CDs
by Brenda Weeaks
Kind of Pretty is about a family of three women: a 45 year
old grandmother, her 30 year old daughter, and her 15 year old granddaughter.
Jenny (Big) had her daughter Liza (Little) at age 15. Liza had her
daughter Mosey at age 15, too. Jenny refers to herself as ignorant
in getting pregnant whereas Liza had a way with men from a young
age. Jenny and Liza have been prepping for Mosey's 15th birthday.
Jenny considers every 15th year in her life as the coming of an
Egyptian plague. She's sure something is about to happen, and it
does. Will they survive it or not
Jenny tells readers/listeners how Liza buried her
heart under the Willow tree out back. Liza has had a stroke. She
is unable to speak or walk. Jenny is determined to continue Liza's
water therapy. When the Willow tree is sacrificed for a swimming
pool, family secrets are unearthed, exposed for all to see and judge.
Liza's reaction to the tree renders her manic in behavior. Jenny
blames herself. Readers/Listeners will discover this family's secrets
spread as a far and wide as the roots of their Willow tree.
readers another southern literary tale full of life's lessons, humor
and tears. Jackson's characters are uniquely real: Jenny drives
safely 4 miles over the speed limit, shops at Wal-mart, holds a
job, watches CSI as well as other detective shows, cares for her
family, and doesn't judge others (even though members of the various
Southern Baptist churches have judged and alienated her for years).
Wild Liza is a mix of Jenny, and unfortunately, other people she
met while growing up. Her story is a rough lesson for us all. Mosey
is also a mix of everyone she's come in contact with in the last
fifteen years. Luckily she spent more time with Jenny than anyone
But will it be enough to save her? In A Grown-up-Kind of Pretty
Jackson has each woman narrating her own story, so pay close
attention when listening to the audio version.
Joshilyn Jackson through Gods in Alabama. I knew then she
would become a notable author. In the audio version the author narrates
her story with familiarity and southern flair. It's an experience
I must to pass on to others
of her other novels
Between, Georgia [book]
BackSeat Saints [book]
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming [book