Joe: A Novel

Joe: A Novel

by Larry Brown, Brown

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Joe: A Novel by Larry Brown, Brown

“Brilliant . . . Larry Brown has slapped his own fresh tattoo on the big right arm of Southern Lit.” —The Washington Post Book World

Now a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage, directed by David Gordon Green.

Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won’t slow down—not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he’s desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption—or ruin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565124134
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 501,959
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write full time. (The nonfiction book On Fire tells the story of his many years as a firefighter.) Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. He was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction and was the first two-time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction, which he won in 1992 for Joe, and again in 1997 for Father and Son. He was the recipient of a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award and Mississippi's Governor's Award For Excellence in the Arts. The story "Big Bad Love" became the basis for a feature film, as did his novel Joe

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Joe: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MarinewifeAG More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever had to read for a college course. I stayed up after a long day and read the whole thing. Brown has a great writing style and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is not predictable and you will want to know what is going to happen next. This book is going to be part of my permanent library and I will be reading it again and again. This book is a great escape from the outside world. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of southern fiction a like to read realistic fiction you don't want to miss this one. Very realistic story about the darker side of life. I rooted for Joe and Gary all the way thru and found myself hating Wade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was a very good story of a everyman and his coming to grips with both the mundane and evils that surround us all.
Timhrk More than 1 year ago
Joe features one of the most believably evil characters in all of contemporary fiction, the father of a poor white trash family in Mississippi. They are homeless migrant workers and the father, an alcoholic, sells his infant son to a rich family. The main story is about the older son who befriends Joe, a middle age guy living out in the woods who needs to save a life for his own personal redemption. Larry Brown died too young. Here he is at the height of his powers. Please visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down after I started reading it. I love those kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure I will enjoy it when I do get to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand the movie better but i didnt really like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, it was nice talkin to u again :) i,m glad someone remembers me.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
You might be a redneck if you read this novel, and you feel as though you’ve met a few of your kin. You might be a redneck if you read between these pages, and you feel like you’re coming home. You might be a redneck if words like y’all and fixin’ to flow freely from your lips. You might be a redneck if JOE makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You might be a redneck if you’re building relations with your second cousin on your mama’s side. You might be a redneck if you whistle between the gaps of your missing teeth. You might be a redneck if soda pop is your favorite breakfast beverage. This novel helped me get reacquainted with my southern side, where the tea is always sweet, the hollers are narrow enough that you pinch your gut around the turns, the neighbors greet one another in the morning, where the gathering spots are the local Wal-Mart and Burger King and, where the widest road is a four-lane highway. Where an entire town gets all up in your business and “Country Roads” is your state’s unofficial song. Yes, I’m talking about West By God Virginia, which ain’t all that different from the heartland of Mississippi. At least according to the latest poll where we’re ranked as the two most obese states. So, yes, one could make the argument that I already had a predisposition to like this novel, and I’d agree with you. But Larry Brown knows how to spin a tale on the back roads, conjuring up dirt and dust, and a voice that sang me to sleep in a country twang where the syllables were extended on account of them being important words, and y’all don’t want to miss ’em the first go round. If you missed this book the first go round, as I’m willing to bet a few of ya might’a done, you’d better find that horse and saddle up and don’t forget your spurs, in case this particular colt decides to shove you off. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality and Graceful Immortality
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I don't own this book. A friend loaned it to me via our nooks. It took a while to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it.
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Just watched the movie tonight. It was sad but.. the acting was great...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a brother named joe, so when i saw this i imeditaly knew that it would be good. Not just for thw fact it was named after my brother but because it is actually good d amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hold up a finger and I reach into my sachel again and pull out a rounded cap. I place it on the dagger and stab the wall. Ice slowly starts spreading outwards. "Everything it hits freezes. A kid from Athena helped me build it." I go back to camp.