Joe Jones

Joe Jones

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by Anne Lamott
     
 

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"If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb."—The Nation

Joe Jones is Anne Lamott’s raucous novel of lives gathered around Jessie’s Café, "a restaurant from another

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"If love is details, so is storytelling, and Anne Lamott excels at it. Her way with analogy, metaphor, and evocative detail is subtle; her ability to shift from the specific to the general to the specific again, superb."—The Nation

Joe Jones is Anne Lamott’s raucous novel of lives gathered around Jessie’s Café, "a restaurant from another era, the sort of broken-down waterfront dive one might expect to find in Steinbeck or Saroyan." Jessie, "thin, stooped and gorgeous at seventy-nine," inherited the café years before and it has become home to a remarkable family of characters: Louise, the cook and vortex, "sexy and sweet, somewhere on the cusp between curvaceous and fat"; Joe, devoted and unfaithful; Willie, Jessie’s gay grandson, ("I thought he just had good posture," said Jessie); Georgia, an empress dowager who never speaks; and a dozen others all living together in the sweet everyday. Lamott’s rich and timeless themes are also here: love and loyalty, loss and recovery, staying on and staying together, the power of humor to heal and to bind.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lamott has written before about copingwith death in Hard Laughter , with life in Rosie. But Joe Jones is about nothing else; coping seems to fill the hearts and minds of the characters at Jessie's Cafe, and it certainly dominates their epigrammatic, italic-studded conversation. Not that theirs isn't a lot to cope with. Louise, cook and philosophical earth mother, pines for Joe, the faithless lover she sent away, and he, a hypochondriacal drifter, longs for her. Willie, Jessie's gay grandson, loses a lover to a distant job and his grandmother to heart failure. And those are only their current trials. Lamott's spare prose can sing, but here it too often sounds forced. ``Life is hard and then you die,'' as these characters note more than once, is too trendy and insubstantial a framework for the fine work Lamott can do. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593760038
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
833,920
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Multiple Audie® Award winner Barbara Rosenblat has been named a "Voice of the Twentieth Century" by AudioFile magazine. The New York Times writes,"Watch Ms. Rosenblat work...and you get the sense that even an Oscar winner might not be able to pull this off." She created the role of "Mrs. Medlock" in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical The Secret Garden.

ANNE LAMOTT is the best-selling author of Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird, and Blude Shoe. She lives in Northern California with her son, Sam.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Fairfax, California
Date of Birth:
1954
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
Education:
Attended Goucher College in Maryland before dropping out to write

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Joe Jones 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TLSNOLA More than 1 year ago
Anne Lamott's talent for drawing her characters so completely leaves the reader feeling that these are people we know in our own lives.Set in a restaurant in California, the diner itself is a character as well as the eclectic group of customers who are more like family to one another.The relationships are the story. At the end of the book, I wanted to visit them again just as I would any friend.
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Razcall More than 1 year ago
This book is at times, laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, hopefull and uplifting. Anne Lamott's character development and descriptive writing are absolutelly wonderful. In your minds eye, you can clearly visualize each character, see the cafe, view the boats out on San Fransico bay and even smell the salt air! Joe Jones is only one of several characters, but not the main one. He seems at times almost to be a background player, which leaves me intrigued by the book's title. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. It's not going to change your life, but it will leave you feeling good. It's like a snap-shot of a group of folks, who's lives revolve around a little rundown cafe, overlooking the water. When you've finished reading, you'll put the book down and feel like you've had a brief vacation at the shore.