The local Atlanta chapter of the Midtown Review Book Club met earlier this week to discuss ROOM by Emma Donoghue.  Interesting discussion.  Some were disturbed by the dark nature of the book and didn’t love it, but all agreed it was a page turner.

We’re looking for another page turner this month and hope we’ll find it in our August Pick: BACKSEAT SAINTS by Joshilyn Jackson.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Ro Grandee is the perfect Texas housewife. She’s determined to be nothing like her long-missing mother, the one who left her with only a heap of old novels and her father’s fists for company, so Ro keeps quiet and takes her husband’s punches like a lady. But Ro wasn’t always this way. Underneath her pastel skirts and hidden bruises lies Rose Mae Lolley, teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol. Rose Mae is resurrected when a gypsy’s tarotcards foretell doom for dutiful Ro: her handsome husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.

Armed with only her wit, her pawpy’s ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas. In a journey that is by turns harrowing and exhilarating, she uncovers long buried truths about her family and herself, running from the man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Taking a minor character from her bestselling gods in Alabama, Jackson has crafted a “riveting read that simply flies off the page with prose as luscious as sweet tea and as spicy as Texas chili. …” -Library Journal; BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she’s created, and how far a daughter will run to escape the demands of forgiveness.

Want a special treat this month?  Try the audio version of the book.  It’s read by the talented author herself!

Have your book club read along with us – or start a Midtown Review book club of your own by clicking here!

If you live in the Atlanta area you can join us to discuss the book.  Go to for all the details and to register!

– Dana Barrett, Managing Editor