“There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel’s, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.“
There are gods in Alabama. And Arlene Fleet has spent the last 10 years appeasing them. After making a deal with God to leave Alabama forever, become abstinent and never lie in return for a new life, Arlene’s past arrives at her doorstep and forces her to break her pact.
Joshilyn Jackson writes a story that teases the reader until the last chapter of Gods in Alabama. Each flashback reveals another bread crumb, a tidbit of the complete story that motivates the reader to continue following Arlene back to her childhood in rural Alabama. Through the narrative of a 15 year-old Alabaman teenager, you see the effects of psychological trauma and through her 29 year-old self you see a woman who is finally able to accept and move on from her past. As she retraces her steps back to Alabama, the reader slowly learns about her secret and Jim Beverly, the high school football god whose life and death shaped her entire existence.
If you’re a fan of drama and are courageous enough to take a dive into the deep South, you’re going to have a pretty good time on the ride to Possett, Alabama.
*Just as a word of caution, this book addresses the issue of adolescent rape and the psychological trauma associated with it.