- 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)
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Joe Jones: A Novel Hardcover – Large Print, 2004
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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."
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.Read more ›
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A novel that has many flavors of love, friendship, betrayal, humor, acceptance, distancing, returning, humanness--what's not to like! Oh, and lovely writing, quotable lines, depth. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely hilarious! Loved it and so did my husband. Entertaining, witty, profane and spot on character development. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Sandra N. Butler
I love Anne Lamott's other work, but I could not get into this one. I made it to page 40 and gave up-it just didn't grab me.Published on June 2, 2013 by Vanessa
I get the mixed reviews, honestly, but it's the imperfections that make this book grab hold of me and not let go.
I named my pet duckling JoeJones. Read more