THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE by Joshilyn Jackson, HarperCollins.
Paula Vauss isn’t the kind of woman who goes around “having swampy feelings”. If her boyfriend needed to talk “wasn’t that what AA was for?” She’s the kind of divorce lawyer to give a cheating husband nightmares. Her dealings with Atlanta’s richest and most awful couples would be a cracking novel but The Opposite of Everyone goes deeper with the tale of her childhood. Paula’s mother is a drifter. She drags her from town to town as she loves and leaves a series of no-hoper boyfriends. She has little to offer other than stories of her adopted religion, Hinduism, which she relates with “the authority vested in her by her flea market prayer beads and lotusflower tramp stamp”. But they’re stories that one day bring together a family.