A review of this — 6 years ago
The jist of the plot of the book is this, Lena Fleet kills a date rapist named Jim Beverly. Upon leaving home, Arlene makes a bargain with God, promising to forgo sex, lies and to never return home if he keeps the body hidden in the Alabama Kudzu. But when her african american boyfriend insist on meeting her family she has no choice but to head back to Bama and face her past head on.
I bought the audiobook of this story because I had a long drive and needed something to entertain me. I bought it because it was one of the cheapest ones. I thought the description was cute but sounded a little cheesy and I wasn’t looking for anything involving murder.
But I was in enthralled by this book, not just because I am from Alabama. :)
The way Jackson describes the South, Baptists, and relationships is amazingly fresh and highly entertaining.
But this book is more than just a comedy it tells of tradegy in well-written flashbacks. You end up wondering yourself in what circumstances is murder forgiveable and could you do it?
And best of all the story has a twist in the end that you barely ever see coming. But the twist is not what makes the book it is in the flashbacks.