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My Name Is Joe [Kindle Edition]

Stefan Bourque
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two lost souls - one at the end of a journey, and another struggling to begin...

Meet Joe. Everything about him is average - until a routine medical test returns a shocking diagnosis and his doctor advises him to get his affairs in order.  Thrust into the unknown, he is left to contemplate what he has done with his life and discovers a sad truth. Somewhere along the way, thinking there would be more time, he let his dreams erode beneath the wheels of the daily grind and he has nothing to show for his time on earth.

Inundated with guilt over his wasted existence, Joe plans an extraordinary play at redemption, after which he plans to end his life while he still has his dignity.  Everything goes as planned until he meets Rebecca, a young, single mother who is struggling with her own demons of guilt.  

An unlikely friendship forms between the two as they come to realize their own redemption lies within the other - Joe must teach Rebecca how to hold on and Rebecca must teach Joe how to let go. But first, they must find the courage to trust one another.

A profoundly moving novel about the power of human kindness, My Name Is Joe examines the unspoken thoughts and fears we all share, and introduces Stefan Bourque as a gifted - and irresistible - storyteller.


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"Last year I was diagnosed with cancer. I have been treated and am now in the waiting stages. Waiting to see if it stays away or comes back. I have been in a kind of limbo. Not working  and not really living. This book really woke me up." -- Linda W.

"Words like grace, humanity, peace and worth all belong in a review for this book. This is the first book in a long time that looks, really looks, at what it means to be human." -- Kristen C.

"Bourque's prose is beautiful. Joe's musings on his life could apply to a lot of us and his resolve to make the last part of his life meaningful is a joy to read." -- Judith R.

"An incredibly moving story about the power of human kindness. Stefan Bourque wrote a beautiful, heartwarming story." -- Heather C.

"I have never written a book review before but I felt I had to put in 5 stars for this one, a very heartwarming book that made me cry. Amazing book!" -- Amazon Reviewer

"This book seemed so autobiographical, it was hard to believe it was a work of fiction. I cannot imagine how the author had thoughts that rang so true." -- Amazon Reviewer

"Wonderful book! Makes one introspective and have deep thoughts about the way each of us live our lives. It truly touched my heart." -- Amazon Reviewer

"Stefan Bourque is a gifted and talented writer. Couldn't put the book down once I started reading." -- Rob A.

"The writing is just beautiful; in fact, I've slowed my pace in order to savor it and make it last as long as possible." -- Amazon Reviewer

"A book this well-written is such a gift." -- Amazon Reviewer

"Restored my faith in the potential for human kindness." -- Goodreads Reviewer

About the Author

Stefan Bourque lives in Virginia with his wife, Holly.

Product Details

  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453843078
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004APA1WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets into your head! October 21, 2010
By Perry
Format:Paperback
Have you ever read a book or seen a movie that left you questioning life? I know that many of us travel through life with many questions on our mind: What is the point? Am I doing what the right thing? Is there a way for me to be more successful? To name but a few of the questions I am sure flutter through all our brains. After reading "My Name is Joe" I have come to realization that I have been asking the wrong questions. For each of us that question may be different. For me; the question is why is happiness so elusive? "My Name is Joe" puts you on the path. It may only hint at answers but, it definitely asks the hard questions. I have never read a fiction book like this! And neither will you!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A wonderful book about one man's search for redemption and recognition before he dies. He finds solace and a family when he meets a women and her son.

Stefan Bourque does a great job touching all our emotional buttons. It's very sad but also inspirational and sweet. The pace is slow and meandering, but in a good way, imitating a man's contemplation of what his own death would mean. The characters are realistic and powerful. They each have their weaknesses but try their best to overcome them.

As I've said before, the pace is pretty slow. Bourque spends a lot of time weaving his story together with metaphors and symbolism. Depending on how you like your books, you might have to wait until halfway through the story before you're really hooked. Don't expect all that much action. Bourque focused more of his effort in building his characters and their relationships to each other.

Pro: Believable and strong characters, powerful character relationships, intricate and beautiful descriptions, touching ending

Con: Slow beginning(it depends on the reader whether this is a pro or con), very little action

This is a great book for readers of all ages. Though I should warn you, if you are a younger reader, that there is one or two nude scenes but, uh, nothing naughty happens. Anyway, anyone looking for a deep meaningful introspective read should definitely give this book a shot. The story can only end in one way but you can't help but feel happy for what has been achieved.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read October 13, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased my copy of My Name Is Joe and to be honest I was a little afraid of it. I don't normally read stories within this genre and especially ones about terminal cancer as I lost my father to the disease when I was a child. Having been a fan of Stefan's other books however, I had to give it a try and I'm VERY glad I did. My Name Is Joe reads as if it had come from someone who'd actually lived through the tragedy which Joe sadly found himself mired in. The emotion which runs through the story is very real - from Joe's anger at his situation to his sadness at missed opportunities. My Name Is Joe is a huge step - one giant leap - in a very different direction for its author and Stefan managed it superbly, flawlessly.
As the book came to a close I found myself sad that it was ending, both for Joe's sake and my own, but still, as I closed the book for the last time I couldn't help but smile. My Name Is Eryk, and I just made a new friend whose name is Joe.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started slow... lost me... and then I got it. November 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like other reviewers, I started out reading this as if it were an autobiography. I quickly realized it was fiction, but it wasn't any less meaningful once I figured that out. It was a short story, and there were parts that I wished had been given more attention. The beginning wasn't one of those parts. I could have skipped the beginning altogether.

Let's face it, the beginning was slow. There were times when it was even tedious. It was all existential and didn't truly seem real or meaningful at all, except in the abstract. The narrator just kind of lost me a lot of times when he was isolated and desolate after the initial diagnosis. Don't get me wrong, there were some interesting moments. The interaction between the narrator and his surgeon just after his surgery was the first time when this story finally hooked me. There was a moment of grace there. But from the beginning of the story until just before and after surgery, it all kind of felt flat. Even after the narrator returns home, there is something like a void of realness. Like the author was just going through the motions of setting up the character for when things actually start to be real and come into focus. The times when the narrator was just ruminating and philosophizing without any interaction with others were often tedious. Maybe that's the point of the story? Interactions, no matter how awkward or unexpected, make our experiences real and meaningful... whereas just having an internal dialogue, no matter how well intended, or how meaningful it is to the narrator, is just... lacking something. Then again, maybe that just leaves the door open for something more meaningful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quick easy read, fiction, leaves many details to you the reader to fill in
Published 4 months ago by shoereview
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very touching, heartwarming
Published 5 months ago by Miss Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book but very sad story had me in tears.
Published 5 months ago by LisaS
5.0 out of 5 stars This story touched me.
This made me think about how isolated people can become in our society. Although the plot was predictable, the story touched me and made me think. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Schulze
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious!
What an absolutely life-changing and heart warming story!
We are all living g our "some days" right now--right this very minute! As Joe found out... Read more
Published 8 months ago by demme
4.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth look at one man’s life once an end date is unceremoniously...
This relatively short read takes an in-depth look at one man’s life once an end date is unceremoniously stamped upon it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A Book Vacation
5.0 out of 5 stars A story I wish hadn't ended quite so soon.
A simple story, a complex situation, that was all written together as a story to wrench your heart. And it did.
Published 22 months ago by susan murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This was a quick read and while sad, was very sympathetic and human. I really enjoyed this story of simple love.
Published 22 months ago by Curly1
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Read It
I often choose books to read at random from my kindle--I have over 800, many of them downloaded for free. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E.S. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting relationship arrangement
i really enjoyed this book. i found the agreed upon relationship very different but it certainly seemed to work for both of them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Betty Garrison
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