Blue Shoe (Paperback) - Lamott, Anne

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A funny, warm, and wise novel about family and forgiveness from an author acclaimed as "nothing short of miraculous" (The New Yorker). And now everyone's praising the miracle of Blue Shoe...

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781573223423
SKU 33835410
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1573223425
Release Date 9/1/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 10.25H x 4.75L x 1T
Author Info
Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott's father was a writer. Her first novel, HARD LAUGHTER, published when she was only 23, is about her father's brain tumor and the surgery from which he died. A recovering alcoholic, Lamott lived in relative poverty until the publication of her fifth book, OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS--the story of her son's early years and her struggles as a single mother. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught at numerous writing conferences. She has also written a popular column for the on-line magazine Salon.
Praise
"[T]his is a quiet book, preoccupied with family talk. Fortunately, Mattie's family talks well....The acceptance of one's imperfections is a pillar of wisdom in Lamott's New Age Christianity. Mattie is an embodiment of that philosophy, but she's better written than that makes her sound. She and her family are hilariously specific....[T]he problem is that Lamott mistakes her characters' affectations for virtues....Our curiosity about earnest, sad, funny Mattie makes it easy to accept her author's imperfections....If readers can understand that Lamott's conversation with Jesus is similar to an alert person's ongoing inner struggle toward self-knowledge and understanding others, toward real justice and compassion..., they will see the strength of BLUE SHOE...."
"Just when the reader thinks she's getting too cute, Lamott throws a dash of dark reality into the mix. She sets up clich?s, only to sabotage them--just as, in the midst of her rambling narrative, she lobs psychological insights that stop one in one's tracks....[T]his is real life she's depicting, with all its tedium, misery, absurdity, occasional flashes of enlightenment and moments of joy."
From the Publisher
Annotation After Mattie's devastating divorce, she takes the kids and moves to her mother's house, which is also where Mattie grew up. There, with the help of her Christian faith--and a new male friend--she finds her way back into life
Editors Note When she stumbles upon a small rubber blue shoe and other small items left behind in her deceased father's car, Mattie Ryder, a recently divorced mother of two young children, and her brother struggle to uncover the truth about their dysfunctional upbringing, finding in the process the foundation for a new relationship with her mother and the potential for a new life. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 When she stumbles upon a small blue shoe and other small items left behind in her deceased father's car, Mattie Ryder, a divorced mother of two, and her brother struggle to uncover the truth about their dysfunctional upbringing.
Editors Note 3 When she stumbles upon a small rubber blue shoe and other small items left behind in her deceased father's car, Mattie Ryder, a recently divorced mother of two young children, and her brother struggle to uncover the truth about their dysfunctional upbringing, finding in the process the foundation for a new relationship with her mother and the potential for a new life. Reprint.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0319
Publisher Riverhead Books

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