- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 822 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (Feb. 16 2016)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RTL4HWA
New York Times Bestselling Author
A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally bestselling author of Someone Else’s Love Story and gods in Alabama—an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives
“What a storyteller!”—Adriana Trigiani
“The arrival of a Joshilyn Jackson novel feels like the first perfect day in a favorite season.”—Laura Lippman
"Inevitable, surprising, and beautifully true... I loved this book and you will too."—Sara Gruen
Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with Southern Oral Tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula’s birthname Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own—one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. Separated, each holding her own secrets, the intense bond they once shared was fractured.
These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn’t seen Kai in fifteen years, she’s still making payments on that Karmic debt—until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a cryptic letter. “I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.”
Then Kai’s most treasured secret literally lands on Paula’s doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it’s too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together—her own.
The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us . . . and make us whole. Laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is beloved New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.
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About the Author
Jackson's latest novel, THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE, pubs on February 16, 2016!
New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and most recently, SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, and garnered two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly.
She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, their two children, and way too many feckless animals.
I am a huge fan of Joshilyn Jackson's novels. The Opposite of Everyone is a stand alone novel. It beautifully captures the essence of the South and its people. It is a beautiful tale of family...a tale of lost souls finding one another.
As I was reading, I was wondering why the tale often focuses on the main character Paula's youth. As the story progresses, the reader discovered why it is important to understand Paula's complete story. I loved how everything came together at the end.
The Opposite of Everyone is a magical tale of family that I am sure everyone will enjoy.