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A crime from her youth threatens a young woman's future in this extraordinary debut novel that follows in the bestselling Southern tradition of Big Stone Gap. When Arlene Fleet headed off to college in Chicago, she made three promises to God: she would never again lie, never fornicate outside of marriage, and never, ever go back to her tiny hometown of Possett, Alabama (the 'fourth rack of Hell'). All God had to do in exchange was to make sure the body of high school quarterback Jim Beverly was never found. Ten years later,Arlene has kept her promises, but an old schoolmate has recently turned up asking questions. And now Arlene's African American beau has given her a tough ultimatum: introduce him to her family, or he's gone. As she prepares to confront guilt, discrimination, and a decade of deception, Arlene is about to discover just how far she will go to find redemption-and love.
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Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. She is the author ofGods In Alabama And Between, Georgia. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta.From AudioFile:
When Arlene Fleet fled Possett, Alabama, she made a deal with God that she would cease fornicating and lying and would never return home if He would make sure that high school hero Jim Beverly's body was never found. Ten years later, feeling that God has not upheld His end of the bargain, she heads home to introduce her boyfriend, an African-American lawyer, to her redneck family. Jackson's debut novel is beautifully narrated by Catherine Taber, a newcomer to audiobooks who delivers a strong performance that draws the listener deeply into the story. Her unobtrusive reading indicates present or past by expressing youth or maturity with the timbre of her voice. D.T.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Hachette Audio, 2006. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111594832943