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Joe

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Published by Workman Publishing
Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won't slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun-and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won't fill the hunger Joe can't name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he's desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption-or ruinAn understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people.
Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won't slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun-and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won't fill the hunger Joe can't name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he's desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption-or ruinAn understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people.

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Publish date: 1991
Added to Scribd: Feb 03, 2011
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781565127586
List Price: $12.95

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mnlohman reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Recommended by M. Peacock. Larry Brown is a NC writer who died in Dec. of 2004. This book makes Backroads look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook. Farms. Joe's a nice guy with a really good heart, but has a little trouble with drinking (he has a bottle of whiskey with him from the time he wakes up in the morning till he passes out at night), and anger management. However, he takes a young black boy, Gary, under his wing and while trying to improve Gary's life, destroys his own. I had trouble getting into the book, but later couldn't put it down. I don't know who I'd recommend it to, or why.
hagelstein_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
It’s almost hard to believe how good “Joe” is while you’re reading it. Then it gets better. Larry Brown’s writing is deceptively spare, carrying an undercurrent of emotion, bad intentions, and good intentions gone bad. Joe is tempered, rough and divorced – the flawed conscience of the story. Gary Jones is the son of itinerant laborers – a family reviled in this part of Mississippi for long-ago transgressions. He thinks he’s fifteen, but can’t be sure, and is trying desperately to work his way out of the abject poverty and destitution that his father, Wade, has brought upon the family. Wade is the worst father, and person, in recent memory. Brown doesn’t flinch when he writes about him – or any of the characters. Gary’s sister becomes the subject of Brown’s next novel, “Fay.” You can see Brown considering taking John Coleman, wounded war veteran, reclusive store owner, and Joe’s friend, down the same path. The truth in Brown’s fiction is unmistakable and as rock-hard as the lives his characters live.
shesinplainview reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I read "Fay" first, then couldn't hardly wait to read "Joe". I think these two are probably Larry's best.
patience_crabstick reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Larry Brown can really write. I could hardly put down this story of poverty, alcoholism, and misery in Mississippi. Absolutely perfect dialogue, great story, I want to read more by this author.
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