Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
Published by: Hachette Audio 2008
Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes
Source: Borrowed from library
Nonny Frett was born when her mother Hazel Crabtree showed up in labor at her Aunt Bernese’s house. A comedy of errors ensues and a shot goes off, sending Stasia and Genny Frett to their sister’s house. The birth was a miracle for Stasia, as she caught the baby girl she announced in sign language that the baby was now hers, and since Hazel wanted nothing to do with that baby, Bernese called her lawyer, and made it legal on the spot.
Now in the tiny town of Between Georgia the Fretts and the Crabtrees were sworn enemies. Little Nonny was what made the two families try to be civil, that is when Ona Crabtree found out that her daughter Hazel was Nonny’s real mother, and she began to ask for some grandma time of her own. Fast forward many years, Nonny working as a sign language interpreter, and then she gets a phone call that will change everything…………..”The bitch bit Genny!”.
Once again, Joshilyn Jackson has created characters and a town like only families and towns in the south can resemble. I adore these characters, their love and passion for each other, their pure devotion to protect their own. Though Nonny has left her hometown she is still there in heart and soul and quick to rush back when trouble is brewing between her two families. She’s not quick to judge, but clearly she is most concerned with her mother, Stasia, and her twin sister Genny. Not only was Stasia born deaf, but also with a disease that has robbed her of her sight in her later years. Genny is her eyes and ears, they are connected in a very deep way. Stasia is an artist, she once crafted porcelain doll heads, now worth thousands. Genny sewed the doll bodies.
As Joshilyn Jackson narrated this book I became a voyeur to the world of Between and the lives of Nonny and her friends and family. I have a visual of the town square, the streets and the walk to the homes of the Frett sisters. I can imagine the cafe, the book store, the doll museum and everything else. Jackson has such a way of writing that just takes me away, to places that are slower paced, but packed with drama. Jackson’s narration is spot on, she’s got all the characters covered with different pace and slight variations, I’m in awe of how a person does this…and dang she wrote it too!!
This book’s twists and turns will surprise you, and make you smile. I’ve given Between, Georgia a 4.5 of 5 stars. I again urge Southern Lit lovers to read or listen to the books of Joshilyn Jackson. You will not be disappointed.