book cover of The Opposite of Everyone

The Opposite of Everyone

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
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 best-selling 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.

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 reinvent their history as they roved. But everything - including Paula's birth name, 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 secrets of her own, 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 15 years, she's still making payments on that karmic debt - until the day her last check is returned in the mail along with a mysterious note: 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 best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.



Praise for this book

"Inevitable, surprising, and beautifully true...I loved this book and you will also." - Sara Gruen


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Joshilyn Jackson's The Opposite of Everyone

Hardback Editions

February 2016 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN: 0-06-210568-X / 978-0-06-210568-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN: 0-06-210569-8 / 978-0-06-210569-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2016 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN: 0-06-244030-6 / 978-0-06-244030-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN: 1-5046-9555-0 / 978-1-5046-9555-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: Library Edition
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN: 1-5046-9554-2 / 978-1-5046-9554-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2016 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
Author(s): Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA