The Almost Sisters [Large Print]
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The Almost Sisters [Large Print]

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With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy--an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 497 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 31mm | 550g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • AVON BOOKS
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062670840
  • 9780062670847
  • 314,868

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"Beautifully written, fascinating and deep, The Opposite of Everyone is another must-read novel by Jackson... Jackson has done a phenomenal job of weaving the past with the present and unfolding the story layer after layer. This is a masterfully written tale that readers cannot put down."--RT Book Reviews (top pick), THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE
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Back cover copy

One tequila-soaked night at a comic-book convention, the usually level-headed Leia Birch Briggs is swept off her barstool by a charming and anonymous Batman. But the Caped Crusader leaves more than just a fond, fuzzy memory in his wake--Leia is pregnant. Before Leia can break the news of her impending single motherhood (and the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional lily-white Southern family, her perfect stepsister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns that her beloved grandmother, Birchie, has been hiding her rapidly progressing dementia. Heading seven hundred miles south, Leia plans both to aid her family and somehow break the news of her blessed event. But Birchie has been hiding a dangerous secret that threatens to change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her unborn son and his absent father, and the world she thinks she knows. Enchanting, wry, honest, and hopeful, The Almost Sisters compels us to explore our own origins and the stories we tell ourselves.
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