Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Leia is pregnant with Batman’s baby. Seriously. She was at a comic convention, had some drinks at the bar with Batman, they went up to her room…and now she’s pregnant. No one knows she’s pregnant and she was getting ready to tell her family that she was going to be a single mother and then things started to happen. Her beloved grandmother caused some incident at church in her small Alabama town and Leia has to rush down there to see what’s going on. And her half-sister’s life is falling apart so Leia has her niece Lavender in tow while trying to deal with everything else. Oh, and she’s also got a graphic novel prequel due to Dark Horse and she hasn’t a clue how to start it. That’s all before dark family secrets start coming to light.
I’m a fan of southern fiction and Joshilyn Jackson has the genre down pat. It’s a quick read, you want to know what is going to happen next, and you really become invested in the characters. And they are characters, every one of them. It is the relationship between the family members that is the heart of the story. The book explores familial bonds, especially not quite conventional ones, exploring the definition of sisters and mothers. It also explores racial prejudices in the south over the past decades into the present and how some things unfortunately haven’t changed very much. Finally it’s about secrets and which ones should be kept and which should never see the light of day; how sometimes you need to trust that secrets should be hidden.
If you want to get lost in quirky characters, learn a bit about the mind of a graphic storyteller or just feel like reading about sticky humid heat for a change, take a stroll with this one.