Paula Vauss is a tough Atlanta divorce lawyer, associated with big name attorneys of the blue blood variety.
She lives in a spacious loft with an amazing view, yet she enjoys getting down with the gritty people when she takes on pro bono clients.
She comes from a very different kind of life from the one she now lives. Daughter of Kai, a gypsy-like woman who told mystical stories and moved from boyfriend to boyfriend, as geographically mobile as any gypsy. Paula was born Kali, and some of the stories are about her.
But with those choices Kai made came some serious consequences. The kind that landed her in prison more than once, with the last incarceration resulting in Paula’s placement in foster care. There she learned how to be tough.
Paula and Kai were estranged after a betrayal, but Paula had been sending checks every month. Until one came back, “return to sender,” with a note, hinting that Kai is on her last journey. What will Paula learn about some of her mother’s best-kept secrets? How will some of these secrets come home to roost and change everything about the life she has created?
I loved The Opposite of Everyone, eagerly reading at every opportunity. My favorite characters included Birdwine, her investigator and sometime boyfriend. I also enjoyed the flashbacks to her foster care experiences. My own tenure as a social worker made the foster care stories resonate with me. Knowing the importance of family and biological connections was at the heart of our case practice, so I was intrigued with how Paula’s story ended. However, it was not an ending, per se, but a new beginning. 4.5 stars.