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New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Georgia with her husband, their two children, and way too many feckless animals. Her debut, gods in Alabama, won SIBA's 2005 Novel of the year Award and was a #1 BookSense pick. Jackson won Georgia Author of the Year for her second novel, Between, Georgia, which also a #1 BookSense pick, making Jackson the first author in BookSense history to receive #1 status in back to back years. Her third novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, was a Break Out book at Target and has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. All three books were chosen for the Books-A-Million Book Club.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction, Romance
New Books
April 2023

With My Little Eye
Joshilyn Jackson recommends
Days of the Endless Corvette (2007)
Man Martin
"Man Martin's tall tale stretches truth until it squeaks and gives up moments of such perfect beauty that more than once I found myself grinning through my tears. It's smart and funny and quirky and deeply imagined, and at its heart is a gorgeous faith in the potency of human connections. Martin crafts a rich feast from love's leftovers and smallest pieces, delivering a wonderful book, wonderful in every sense of the word."
The Wait (2008)
Frank Turner Hollon
"Frank Turner Hollon writes the thinking man's page-turner. He should be at the top of every reader's list."
Saints in Limbo (2009)
River Jordan
"River Jordan writes so beautifully."
The Other Life (2011)
Ellen Meister
"A love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters."
Don't Breathe a Word (2011)
Jennifer McMahon
"A haunting page-turner that kept me up, spine shivering and enthralled, way past my bedtime."
The Memory Garden (2014)
Mary Rickert
"An atmospheric, eerie, and utterly beautiful debut...Don't miss this one."
Small Blessings (2014)
Martha Woodroof
"Optimistic, wise, and beautifully written, this book about love in all its colors, hope, and the glory of third chances will stay with you long after you close the cover."
The Beautiful Daughters (2015)
Nicole Baart
"Nicole Baart is a huge talent."
The Book of Polly (2017)
Kathy Hepinstall
"I am wildly in love with The Book of Polly."
The Sisters Chase (2017)
Sarah Healy
"A beautifully written family drama with a mystery at its core, The Sisters Chase is a layered and lovely book about the bonds of love crashing up against the rocky shore of the world."
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires (2017)
Daren Wang
"I will carry this story of love and vengeance, ruin and restoration with me for a long, long time. Read it--you will want to pass it on."
When We Were Worthy (2017)
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
"Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult - this is an author for your favorites shelf. Marybeth Mayhew Whalen’s taut, smart novel is a natural-born page-turner that doesn’t sacrifice depth of feeling or character. Whalen knows this town, these people, and she lays them open for us with razor-sharp insight, wit, and empathy. Don’t miss this one."
The Sisters of Glass Ferry (2017)
Kim Michele Richardson
"This heart-rending, lovely family drama spans sixty years and four generations, peeling back the layers of a small town to reveal a labyrinth of long-buried lies and a wealth of dangerous secrets suspended between three families. The Sisters of Glass Ferry is so fast paced I couldn’t stop turning the pages, but then I’d smash into another jewel-like sentence and have to stop to reread it. Kim Michele Richardson writes with an authentic Southern voice straight out of Kentucky, well graveled, rough with moonshine, and damn near irresistible."
Unmarriageable (2019)
Soniah Kamal
"The perfect book for the armchair traveler, offering an insider's view into a fascinating country and culture--including a peek at what the wedding of the year looks like in Pakistan. This one is going directly on my keeper shelf; I loved it."
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls (2019)
Anissa Gray
"A trio of sisters navigate the tricky waters of forgiveness in Gray’s heartfelt, beautifully written debut...Get an extra copy for your best friend or your own sister; this is one you’re going to want to talk about."
The Liar's Child (2019)
Carla Buckley
"A mystery wrapped in an achingly good family drama, The Liar’s Child hooked me from page one. An unconventional love story that broke my heart in all the best ways, Carla Buckley’s emotionally complex, beautifully written tale is also a page-turner that will keep you up long past your bedtime."
Last Day (2020)
Luanne Rice
"I’ve long loved Luanne Rice for her trademark elegant style and her deep understanding of familial relationships, and she brings these superpowers with her as she delves into suspense. Last Day is a true page-turner, peopled by characters I care deeply about, with an ending I never saw coming."
Recipe for Persuasion (2020)
(Rajes, book 2)
Sonali Dev
"A delight from start to finish, both for Jane Austen fans looking for a fresh take and readers seeking deeply felt relationships and complicated family dynamics. In Dev's world, the past is alive in the present; I was wholly engrossed and had plenty to think about. At the same time, the reality TV storyline added a thread of pure fun escapism--something all of us need right now."
Shiner (2020)
Amy Jo Burns
"A compelling fever-dream of a novel crafted out of moonshine and jagged miracles, Shiner is simply perfect. I loved every moment spent in the world Amy Jo Burns so thoroughly evokes; I already know I will return to it again and again. Do not miss this exceptional debut."
The Monsters We Make (2020)
Kali White
"[Kali White] brings the chilling silence of the 80's to vivid life in a smart, relentless domestic noir. The writing is taut, the plot is fresh, and the small, broken family at the center of the action completely captured my heart. Prepare to be up late; once I started, I could not stop turning pages."
The Big Door Prize (2020)
M O Walsh
"The lives of a couple facing their mid-life crisis and a young man coming of age intersect in this humorous and hopeful novel. M.O. Walsh has never been afraid to go down into the darkest places of the human heart, but his truthfulness is balanced by a beautiful optimism, just as his sharp humor is leavened by his genuine affection for the layered, vital characters he creates. A wise, wry, twisty, and entertaining tale. I loved it."
Hench (2020)
Natalie Zina Walschots
"This Anti(super)hero tale is jam-packed with action and fueled by Anna's breathless, dizzying, exhilarating rage. Anna faces off with the supernatural, but she feels so very real as she rockets along on her furious and furiously-paced trajectory. Hench is a ride--I loved it."
Millicent Glenn's Last Wish (2020)
Tori Whitaker
"Get ready to meet your new favorite author as Tori Whitaker moves deftly forward and back in time in a lyrical exploration of motherhood and longing, secrets and regrets, mistakes and, ultimately, absolution. This is an author with great insight into both history and the female heart, and I highly recommend this heartfelt, beautifully written debut."
Never Turn Back (2020)
(Faulkner Family Thriller, book 1)
Christopher Swann
"The past comes back—with a vengeance—to bite a good-hearted teacher and his brash, broken sister in Swann’s excellent latest. I loved this twisty, sexy, fast-paced thriller."
Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters (2020)
Emily Carpenter
"Prepare to be up late with this one; Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters is simply riveting. This is the kind of book where the past has a pulse—and teeth. It’s a page-turner for sure, with well-drawn, complicated characters whose choices linger long after the last page is turned."
The Little French Bridal Shop (2021)
Jennifer Dupee
"Utterly charming and wonderfully infused with heart and whimsy."
A Million Reasons Why (2021)
Jessica Strawser
"A MILLION REASONS WHY is the emotionally gripping story of two half-sisters, each with her own secrets, who find each other as adults. It's deftly paced and surprising, and Strawser's characters are so layered and flawed and human that I came to care about them deeply. Heartbreaking yet hopeful, this astute exploration of the bonds and limitations of family is a perfect book club pick."
Local Woman Missing (2021)
Mary Kubica
"I’m shamelessly addicted to Mary Kubica’s juicy, unpredictable reads, as much for her well-rounded, fully human, flawed characters as her sizzling plots—and she just keeps getting better. LOCAL WOMAN MISSING is a propulsive journey through a winding maze of secrets, leading to a jaw-dropping twist that I never saw coming. Loved every minute."
The Wonder Test (2021)
Michelle Richmond
"A fast-paced, moving exploration of motherhood and money, danger and deception, privilege and pretense...the perfect thinking person's page-turner."
My Darling Husband (2021)
Kimberly Belle
"In the kind of twisty page-turner that readers know they can rely on Belle to deliver, a mother fights for the lives of her children while trying to unravel her husband's secret life. Riveting suspense, truly surprising revelations, and silky smooth writing make this one unmissable!"
Killers of a Certain Age (2022)
Deanna Raybourn
"National treasure Deanna Raybourn never fails to enchant with her signature dry wit, sophisticated storylines, slick twists, and smart eccentric women who anchor her books. Her latest is a romping, wild delight from start to finish. Killers of a Certain Age is the 60-something lady assassin book we didn't know we needed, but, oh, we needed it. I love this book."
Dirty Laundry (2023)
Disha Bose
"A tale of murder and love gone wrong, rife with bone-chilling revelations . . . a riveting debut."

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