5.20.2008

Book Review: The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson

I really enjoyed Jackson's first novel, gods in Alabama, so I was eager to read her latest novel, particularly with the teaser from the jacket and the first line:

"Until the drowned girl came to Laurel's bedroom, ghosts had never walked in Victorianna."

How can you stop after reading a line like that?

Jackson once again takes the reader deep into the South, mixing mysticism and mournfulness into a story that will stay with the reader after finishing the last page. It's not really a ghost story, but there are most ghosts than just the obvious ones on the page...

Jackson's writing will truly pull the reader in, and this is a nice change of pace from the regular fiction fare - recommended!

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