The Almost Sisters was so much more than I was expecting. Joshilyn Jackson is known for her Southern women’s fiction. There’s always romance and family drama, but this book had so much more.
Let’s start with the main character: Leia Birch Briggs. I loved her! She’s a comic book artist who hosts weekly board game nights and regularly attends comic conventions. Can I be friends with her? Seriously. My husband and I host monthly board game nights, and he just built a gaming table for our living room. Guess what Leia has in her dining room? A gaming table! I couldn’t believe it. I love when characters in books match up so perfectly with the type of person I would actually hang out with.
At one of the above mentioned comic cons, Leia drunkenly hooks up with a Batman…a black Batman. And she’s knocked up. She’s afraid to tell her perfect step-sister, Rachel. Only Rachel’s not-so-perfect-after-all marriage (to Leia’s childhood best friend and first sexual partner) is falling apart, and Rachel thrusts her daughter on Leia, and the two head down to Georgia where Leia’s grandmother, Birchie, has just made a scene at church and revealed her dementia.
Birchie, and her best friend, Wattie, were so fun. They’re a couple of conniving old ladies who like to shake things up. They grew up together because Wattie’s mother was Birchie’s family’s maid. They split their time between the white church and the black church, even though no one in their small town really approves.
Race and racism are major themes in this book as are the importance of family and honesty. There’s a whole lot of drama and humor in this book along with the pack of fantastic characters. I read this book very quickly, and I loved every second of it.
Rating: 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.
This book was read as part of this She Reads Summer Book Club.