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After murdering Jim Beverly, a date-rapist quarterback, Arlene Fleet flees to Chicago, promising God to abstain from sex, lies, and the South if he keeps her secret safe. After nine vice-free years, a visitor appears in Arlene's life, asking questions about Jim, and Arlene has to break her promises and travel back to Alabama with her black boyfriend in tow. Joshilyn Jackson writes with sassy intelligence, and provides much-appreciated insight on the peculiar workings of 21st-century Dixie.
For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home. As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.
Number of Pages: 306
Genre: Mystery + Crime, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Mystery + Crime
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Street Date: June 13, 2006
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1951
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