The book review below was a Book Hungry Club read. All of the Book Hungry Members are posting a book review today on their blogs. They are all listed in my blog roll to the right, so after you read mine, go check them out too!
This months selection Gods In Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson comes to us from the Fabulous Cynthia Reese.
I should tell you this is anther book recommendation that I would never have picked up and read on my own.
The title Gods In Alabama had me wondering if God resided in Alabama or if our author was saying there are Gods in Alabama. Either way works here from Arlene's point of view, but mainly it just meant that their are Gods residing in Alabama and they just happen to play high school football.
This book takes us on the journey of Arlene Fleet who escaped her small town roots and traded them in for the vastness of the windy city. Her motives, totally not-altruistic, were based on the deal she made with God. No more sex, lies or even returning to the scene of the crime as long as He keeps the body hidden.
The body in question belonged to one Jim Beverly, the local reining God of the football field. The reveal comes to us in a series of flashbacks and present day story telling, a format I have not been over found of in past books but keeps this story moving extremely well without confusing the reader.
After ten years of excuses, when a visitor from home (looking for Jim Beverly) leaves Arlene believing God may be slipping on his end of the bargain, she decides to head back to the tiny town in Alabama she called home. Coming along for the ride is her boyfriend Burr who also happens to be African American.
This book had all the earmarks of embracing every stereotype, instead it made fun of them. Ms. Jackson's characters jumped off the page at me and I was there with them from start to finish. Ms. Jackson's ability to write characters that resonate comes through from the first page and kept me entertained until the very end.
Once again, I step out of my reading comfort zone and the result is another satisfying read. Thanks Cynthia for the recommendation and don't forget to check out the other members thoughts on this book at their blogs as well.