Dixie Darr

The Opposite of Everyone

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm


My mother always said I did the opposite of whatever everyone else did. That explains a lot—why I hate stainless appliances and granite counter tops when that’s what everyone else must have. Why I love small houses when the prevailing wisdom is that bigger is better. Why I’m single and child free.

So a book titled the Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson called to me.

That’s all I have in common with this story, though. It’s about Paula Vauss, a hard-edged attorney whose strongest attachment is to the mother she hasn’t seen or spoken to in fifteen years, a storytelling mother who dragged her from town to town and man to man until ending up in prison and leaving Paula to fend for herself in a group home in foster care.

Her mother’s death pitches Paula into relationships she didn’t know she had, seeking forgiveness that can never come.

A good read with a satisfying outcome.


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