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In The Opposite of Everyone, Joshilyn Jackson tells the story of a fiercely independent, tough-as-nails divorce lawyer who learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother. Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to re-invent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula’s birth name Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own—one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care.
Then Kai’s most treasured secret literally lands on Paula’s doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it’s too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart.
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six previous novels, including gods in Alabama, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty and Someone Else’s Love Story. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur with her husband and their two children.
A former music journalist, Anna Schachner has taught creative writing at Emory University and Georgia State University's Perimeter College, where she is currently the editor of The Chattahoochee Review and the director of The Townsend Prize for Fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications, including Puerto del Sol, Gris-Gris, The Sun, Kalliope, and The Guardian. Her novel You and I and Someone Else is forthcoming in 2017 from Mercer University Press.