JOSHILYN JACKSON'S THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING
"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances... What makes this novel shine are its revelations about the dark side of Southern society and Thalia and Laurel's finely honed relationship, which shows just how much thicker blood is than water." - Publishers Weekly
"On the heels of the successful Gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia, both #1 BookSense picks, Jackson again reinvents the GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) novel...With the appearance of a ghost on the first page, you'll feel compelled to race to the end, but slow down for Jackson's great descriptions; you'll be rewarded for the effort. - Library Journal
"A veritable southern gothic... fluid, masterful." - Booklist
"Jackson has a keen ear for dialect, an unerring eye for the mundane, and an easy, natural wit... there are plenty of dark places, long-harbored secrets, and genuine surprises.--Atlanta Magazine
Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the very literal family skeleton stays buried or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neat and on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 14-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.
The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by a thin coating of Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and what happened to the girl who stopped swimming.