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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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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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