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Comment: Copyright 2004. Large Print. Very clean text inside. Former library copy with stamps. Cover is in excellent shape. Dust jacket has mylar cover and is VG. 354 pages.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: RB Large Print (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402579209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402579202
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,473,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as seven novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Format: Paperback
Anne Lamott captures imperfect people in our imperfect world beautifully in this novel. Readers who think Lamott has left them bereft of plot aren't paying attention. The title character's imperfections construct the plot for us. This books is about loving someone despite it all.
Joe Jones is flawed, and does not realize his shortcomings, making those that genuinely care about him the central characters. I found great strength and hope in Louise - she was more physically and spiritually beautiful by the end of this novel than I ever expected. Louise also teaches us by example. Faith and inner strength are not attributes bestowed one time that last forever. They falter, need to be replenished, and are questioned daily, hourly for each of us. I think we forget that sometimes.
I always find guidance in Lamott's writings - snippets and phrases that bolster me and comfort me. "Joe Jones" is no different - the memorable phrase from this being "It's just so time-consuming being me."
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In the introduction, Lamott thanks Jane Vanderburgh(sp?) for lending an editing hand to Joe Jones, published a long time ago. Having read the original and liked its quirky, flawed movements, I am now absolutely savoring this rewrite. It is a full novel, rounded and studded with unforgettable characters like the elderly Jessie (the car driving scene - the long one - isi sidesplittingly funny), the romantic but wise Lou, and of course the charming and lovely young Willie, whom we all know out there somewhere, the eternal boy-man. Oh it's all pure delight. Fey to the naysayers! A perfect read for the intelligent reader who doesnt need a Hollywood plot or a pat ending. I will not,howvever, be satisfied until Anne writes a sequel to Rae's character in Rosie. We need the Rae book, Annie! We honestly do. All hail Lamott, writer for women (and men) who think.
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By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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I am an avid Anne LaMott reader. The commentator who said they were off to read ROSIE will NOT be disappointed. That is an extraordinary book. Although I enjoyed these characters they didn't have the usual depth of LaMott's characters. They were all full of flaws, yes, but I didn't actually believe how they felt about each other. And I could find little in me that even liked Joe Jones. I would've rather seen Louise in a book all by herself. Anyway - I am not swayed from my love of LaMott and her work but this wasn't my fave and I certainly don't reccommend it to forst time readers of her work. Do not stop go - go directly to ROSIE.
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I disagree with the reviewer who suggested reading this by way of the library, just to complete your Anne collection. This is a wonderful piece of work. It is driven by imperfection, which is a language we understand. I adore this story and the characters in it
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"Joe Jones" is one of Anne Lamott's earlier novels and the first Anne Lamott novel I ever read. More than one reviewer has advised against making it your first experience of Lamott and several have criticized this book as being too long, too sloppy, repetitious, basically plotless, full of annoyingly quirky, all-too-precious characters who lack any resemblance to anyone you'd ever encounter in real life...and I can understand why some readers might feel this way, but I loved this book. I loved it to death.

First off, the novel does have a plot. Louise works as head cook, chief bottle-washer, and resident therapist/cheerleader at Jessie's Cafe--a seaside diner, drive-in, and dive catering to locals. She's broken up with Joe Jones, with whom she'd been living, after she discovered he was sleeping around on her. Joe has gone away for awhile; now he's coming back. What is Louise to do? She loves Joe, understands Joe, she can even forgive Joe, but can she ever take him back?

That's basically the main plotline. It has a resolution, if a circuitous one, which ties in with several other plotlines, each of them primarily illustrating the unifying thematic knot of this book: love, loss, and how we get on with the grim, gritty, glorious art of living.

It's the circuitousness of "Joe Jones" that seems to lay the novel open to the charge of being repetitious, as well as too long, and sloppily written. But I found the leisurely pace and conversational tone of "Joe Jones" to be among its most charming and addictive aspects. Like the tide that rises and falls around Jessie's Cafe, the novel has its own rhythm, its tide. What's happening is often happening under the surface.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even the author acknowledges this as her sloppiest published work. The characters themselves are the sort of lovable, messy types Anne often writes about. The problem is the lack of structure in this wildly uneven work. It has a plot, sort of, but even after you get to know the characters, and watch them do their thing, you have little insight into why. If you're a fan, find it in a library and read it for completeness, but don't bother buying it.
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By A Customer on August 10, 1999
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Anne Lamott writes from a need to create a safe space, and her characters give the reader that haven. By turns gentle and hilarious, Joe Jones is a true portrait of a community of friends and a meditation on what friends can do out of love. This book shines and begs to be in print again. Read it!
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