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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 ...
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.
Centered around a group of eccentric characters who congregate in Jessie's Cafe, this is a story of loss, recovery, and the humor that heals.
Posted February 15, 2010
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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Posted May 9, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2010
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