Maybe it is because I am Southern myself, but I feel that certain Southern authors have a way of putting words together that are kind of like the South itself: warm, smooth, and colorful all at the same time. One of my favorite contemporary Southern authors is Joshilyn Jackson and I highly recommend all of her books. Today, I am bringing you the first lines of “Someone Else’s Love Story”:
“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K. It was on a Friday afternoon at the tail end of a Georgia summer so ungodly hot the air felt like it had all been boiled red. We were both staring down the barrel of an ancient, creaky .32 that could kill us just as dead as a really nice gun could.”
These are the opening words of Shandi, a 21 year old young woman trying to raise her three year old genius son. Ms. Jackson has such a special way of developing her story and characters and the characters of this book are no exception. From Shandi, her son Natty, her mother, her father, her best friend Walcott to William Ashe and his best friend, Paula, all of these people have flaws but care about each other in such special ways.
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