Book of the Week: Someone Else’s Love Story

I remember a number of years ago talking with some bookseller pals at Schuler Books who were raving about a new writer they’d just had dinner with. This writer’s publisher had held a large meet-and-greet for area booksellers and it was clear that Michigan booksellers were crazy about this book and the chance to meet the author sealed the deal. It made an impression and I’ve always remembered the name—Joshilyn Jackson.

That’s by way of saying I’m overjoyed that Jackson is now with Harper. Starting with 2005’s Gods in Alabama, she has racked up an impressive string of bestsellers and garnered a very large, very loyal fan base of readers. Her combination of darkness and comedy, characters you cheer for and plots you can’t put down has been a winning formula for almost a decade. Someone Else’s Love Story takes her to a new level; Kirkus gives it a starred review, concluding: “A surprising novel, both graceful and tender. You won’t be able to put it down.”

Booksellers and reviewers alike have been eager to praise this. It’s the December’s #1 Indie Next Pick and a November LibraryReads Pick. Media will kick off with reviews in People and USA Today. Jackson has an extensive tour scheduled and you can see where she’ll be appearing on her website. (Stick around once you land there; her blog is hilarious!)

“[W]itty and insightful….With a deft wit and a series of stellar twists, Jackson creates a conventional love story that is also something more: an exploration of what draws people together, and pushes them apart; a commentary on faith’s ability to unite or divide; and a reminder that ‘death brushing past makes people hungry to connect to other people.’ What emerges is a novel at once funny and touching, whose characters’ many flaws are overshadowed by all the ways in which they look out for one another. The final denouement of Jackson’s roller-coaster love story will leave the reader both thoroughly sated and hungry for more.”
— Publishers Weekly

“An inspiring story of love, faith and redemption…All of the characters… are so vividly drawn, they fairly leap off the page.”
— Booklist

Joshilyn Jackson is a phenomenal novelist, creating feisty, unforgettable characters who wrestle their way through complicated lives with grit and good humor, taking the reader on a wild, nail-biting and thoroughly enjoyable ride.  With rich dialogue, vivid scene-setting, edge-of-your-seat plotting and one-of-a-kind characters, Jackson’s novels entertain thoroughly and stay on your mind long after you’ve turned the last page.  In Someone Else’s Love Story, a chance encounter during a convenience store robbery shakes up a number of lives. As life pokes holes through their assumptions about their relationships – with family, friends, lovers, and perceived enemies – something new and surprising emerges. I loved Someone Else’s Love Story.”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books, Okemos, MI

“Joshilyn Jackson grabs your attention right from the start, then entwines you in her own inimitable mix of humor, surprise, philosophy and just downright great storytelling.  Shandi has enough on her plate with her feuding parents (now divorced), her exceptionally intelligent 3 year old, and her ability to be at the wrong place at the wrong time – again.  Events set in motion by the gunman in an attempted hostage taking gone wrong in a convenience store play out in ways that change the lives of everyone involved.  Mix miracles, faith, science, destiny, luck, determination and statistics with a touch of DNA, and you create a special recipe for self discovery.  This is Joshilyn proving again that she weaves a special kind of magic with her totally believable characters wrestling with the unique circumstances life has thrown at them. I have loved and handsold every one of Joshilyn’s books, but I think this one might be my favorite.”
— Nicola Rooney, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Someone Else’s Love Story (9780062105653) by Joshilyn Jackson. $26.99 hardcover. 11/19/13 on sale.

December 2014 Indie Next Picks

Here are our picks for November. A complete listing of the independent-bookstore-selected favorite new releases can be found here.

# 1 Someone Else’s Love Story (9780062105653) by Joshilyn Jackson. $26.99 hardcover. 11/19/13 on sale.

Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor (9780062223708) by Suzanne McMinn. $28.99 hardcover. 10/15/13 on sale.

Now in Paperback
The Carrion Birds (9780062216892) by Urban Waite. $14.99 trade paperback. (A terrific read. Original review here.)

NOS4A2 (9780062200587) by Joe Hill. $17.99 trade paperback. (Original review here. Note: sassy new cover makes it ideal for twisted holiday tables!)

Reconstructing Amelia (9780062225443) by Kimberly McCreight. $15.99 trade paperback.