gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

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The back of the book pretty much explains it all:
When Lena Fleet went to college, she promised God she would stop fornicating with every boy she met, never tell another lie and never, ever go back to her hometown in Alabama. All she wanted from Him in return was to make sure the body was never found…
Ten years later, Lena’s demons are catching up with her. Her high school arch-enemy is looking for the golden-haired god who disappeared during their senior year. Her African-American boyfriend has given her an ultimatum : introduce him to the lily-white family she left behind, or he’s gone.
While she’d rather burn up in a fire than let him meet steel magnolia Aunt Florence and the rest of her eccentric, racist family, Lena knows it is time to head home and confront her past once and for all…
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While the alternating chapters of the present and the past isn’t usually my favorite format, I found Jackson made it work. Her writing and storytelling are so smooth. I really enjoyed this book.