A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
“…a mesmerizing tale …This is Jackson’s most absorbing book yet” – Booklist, Starred review
When a long-hidden grave is unearthed in the backyard, headstrong young Mosey Slocumb is determined to investigate. What she learns could cost her family everything…
Every fifteen years, trouble comes after the Slocumb women. Now, as their youngest turns fifteen, a whole new kind of commotion is chasing all three generations. Mosey’s desperate to know who used their yard as a make-shift cemetery, and why. The oldest, forty-five year old Ginny, fights to protect Mosey from the truth, a fight that could cost Ginny the love of her life. Between them is Liza, silenced by a stroke, with the answers trapped inside her. To survive Liza’s secrets and Mosey’s insistent adventures, Ginny must learn to trust the love that braids the strands of their past—and stop at nothing to defend their future.
Select Praise for A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
“…a mesmerizing tale …This is Jackson’s most absorbing book yet, a lush, rich read with three very different but equally compelling characters at its core.”
- Booklist (Starred Review)
“Snappy dialogue with a Southern twang, spiritual uplift and undeniably likable characters.”
Jackson’s newest is highly immersive, evoking the suffocation of rural Mississippi and using a teen pregnancy mystery to create a compelling page-turner.
- Publishers Weekly
VERDICT: Liza, as the unreliable narrator, is used to perfection in this warm family story that teeters between emotional highs and lows, laughter and tears. Book groups will eat this up.
- Library Journal
“Reading A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous. It’s a heart-thumping mystery, an edge-of-your-seat drama, and a fiercely sweet comedy all at once, with a fistful of crazy-brave characters who reach from up the wild pages and grip your heart. I loved this book about what it means to be a family for its big heart, its pitch-perfect dialogue and the kind of clever plot twists I’ve come to expect from Jackson. Book clubs take note, here’s your next pick!”
- Sara Gruen, NYT Bestselling author of Ape House and Water for Elephants
“A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty proves again that Joshilyn Jackson is one the best writers of the new generation. This spellbinding novel unfolds through the voices of three women in one family: a grandmother, a mother, a young daughter. Jackson renders each of these women with vivid tenderness, ferocity, and great humor, so that the family itself becomes the fourth vital character in the story. You will find yourself rooting for them all, to the very last page.”
- Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms
“Madness! Mayhem! Laughter! Tears! Emotional roller coasters, old lies, and an unmarked grave propel the Slocumb women into action. Joshilyn Jackson’s signature style explodes in A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Buckle up and enjoy! ”
- Adriana Trigiani, NYT bestselling author of Very Valentine
“A clever, hilarious, wild adventure of a mystery that immediately pulls you in. You’ll be desperate to know the story of the bones beneath the willow tree — and will love every delicious layer of Joshilyn Jackson’s latest.”
- Jennifer McMahon, author of Don’t Breathe a Word and Promise Not To Tell