Backseat Saints

I have to interrupt this quilting blog for a brief announcement:

My books arrived!!!

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

One of my favorite authors, Joshilyn Jackson (pronounced “Joss”ilyn), has a new book available in hardback. The title is Backseat Saints, and it’s her fourth novel. I checked out the first three from the library, and when the new one came out I took the opportunity to purchase the others as well. How big a goony-fan am I? Well, Mom and I are road-tripping on Thursday so we can meet her at a reading and book signing at Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon, WI. Yes, I am a bigdumbdork, but I’m looking forward to it so much that I don’t even care how silly I sound. Of course, since I took the day off work, we’re going to make a day of it and maybe hit a few quilt shops on the way.

Any readers out there? I strongly recommend you jump right on the Backseat Saints bandwagon. She’s even made the New York Times bestsellers list! You can read her blog at Faster Than Kudzu. Don’t forget her first three books, gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.



  1. Hi Sandi,
    I love reading recommended books 🙂 How is the language in Ms. Jackson’s books? I’ve read their descriptions and they sound great! Just wondering…….

    • I assume you’re asking about profanity – I have a pretty broad vocabulary myself, so I’m okay with language that may be found offensive. She does use profanity, and can use it pretty creatively. It always seems to fit the characters and the story, so to me it never seems gratuitous. Of course, my definition of gratuitous profanity may be different from yours! To get an idea of her writing, go to the Amazon page for gods in Alabama and click on the picture of the book to look inside. Click forward until you get to the first page of the book, and read a page or two. That’s fairly representative of her language (it does get stronger). Bottom line – I’d recommend this to my cousin, maybe my mom, but definitely not my grandmother or my 14 year old niece.

  2. Hi Sandi,

    I took your advice and signed out Gods in Alabama from my libray. I read it in a day. Now I am eagerly waiting to read Backseat Saints.

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