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Publisher's Summary

Jessie's Cafe is a staging place for a group of amusing, entertaining, sometimes raucous but always very real people. Each character is wildly unique yet their human yearnings and shortcomings unite them in a common, and uncommonly strong, bond. This unlikely family includes Jessie, the gorgeous, 79 year-old who owns the waterfront dive in which "one might expect to find Steinbeck." Louise is the cook and the dymanic center of this small universe. Willie is Jessie's gay grandson. And Joe Jones is the deeply devoted and continually unfaithful lover whom Louise tries hard to live without.Lamott weaves a complex tale that moves along breezily with great heart and humor, but skim the surface and you will find human frailty, remorse, and loss. Back in print after fifteen years, Joe Jones is a testament to the ways in which humor heals and binds.
©1985 Anne Lamott; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. [Her] real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not perfect moments, but imperfect ones...perfectly. She is nothing short of miraculous." (The New Yorker)
"Funny and candid....Lamott brings invaluable humor, imagination, and magnanimity to the conversation about faith." (Booklist)
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By Gayle on 01-15-04

Rich, Funny and Worth the Listen

Anne Lamont develops a group of unlikely characters, all connected by Jessie's Cafe. You laugh with them, cry with them, and get angry at their foibles. Their individual idiosyncrasies give richness to each character.

Barbara Rosenblat (my favorite narrator) uses her many voices to ceate each personality. Soon, you can identify each character by their distinctive voice. Definintely worth the credit!

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By P. Carson on 10-29-10

The Eccentric is Also the Most Human

I have enjoyed several of Anne Lamott???s books, including her more recent work, Imperfect Birds. Her characters have many unique, even eccentric personality traits, habits, strengths, and weaknesses, but each is very human and understandable. The many odd characters in Joe Jones, including Joe, himself, are funny and insignificant but worth understanding. Both the author and the narrator understand each of the characters and convey that understanding very well. Maybe we should just pretend that the main characters are significant, as if we also believe in HP -- the Higher Power.
By the way, I cannot understand why two reviewers find fault with the narrator. She has the tone of the book ???dead on???, in my opinion.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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