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In both her novels and nonfiction, Lamott has an uncanny knack for breaking down complicated issues with common (albeit quirky) sense. Problems don't disappear; they just become infinitely more manageable in the light. She's obsessively honest ? a woman of ethics, fruitfully faulted. The San Francisco Chronicle points out, "Anne Lamott is walking proof that a person can be both reverent and irreverent in the same lifetime. Sometimes even in the same breath." Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life so thoroughly mixes the one with the other that you forget how they ever seemed distinct. For my money it's the best guide to writing around. Now Blue Shoe, her sixth novel, speaks to readers with the compassion, humor, and resiliency they've come to expect ? and maybe an extra dollop of wisdom since last time, thanks to more living. Dave, Powells.com

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Mattie Ryder is a marvelously funny, well-intentioned, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke recently divorced mother of two young children. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe-the kind you might get from a gumball machine-and a few other trifles that were left years ago in her deceased father's car. They seem to hold the secrets to her messy upbringing, and as she and her brother follow these clues to uncover the mystery of their past, she begins to open her heart to her difficult, brittle mother and the father she thought she knew. And with that acceptance comes an opening up to the possibilities of romantic love.

In a disarming blend of everyday life and the sublime, of reverence and irreverence, and of humor and grace, Anne Lamott speaks directly to our most closely held concerns, bringing comfort to anyone -all of us-whose family life can feel overwhelming and uncontainable.

Lamott's formidable storytelling gifts have gained her a large and passionate following, and anybody who has experienced the delightful humor and the canny understanding of her previous work will be similarly charmed by Blue Shoe.

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"Lamott infuses this peripatetic story of a woman?s struggles after a divorce with the same quirky brand of Christianity she explored in her wildly popular memoir, Traveling Mercies....Lots of charm in the details, not much for momentum." Kirkus Reviews

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"Lamott's use of language allows us to see the smallest details from a fresh perspective, and her stories of motherhood and faith never fail to entertain and move us, all within the tightly wound ball of a good literary yarn....Lamott uses offbeat, descriptive language...and her story is as good as her funky turn of a phrase." Library Journal

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"Philosophical, honest, and poignant." Boston Herald

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"Irrestible...a work full of shaggy, truthful claim." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Anyone who's ever had a heartache or— a family—will relate to Anne Lamott's poignant novels." Rosie Magazine

Review:

"Moving and funny, fetchingly irreverent and soulful, Blue Shoe is an absolute joy." Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the national bestsellers Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird, and Operating Instructions, as well as five novels, including Crooked Little Heart and Rosie. Her column in Salon magazine was voted the Best of the Web by Newsweek magazine, and she is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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mary coleman, May 30, 2007 (view all comments by mary coleman)
I'm reading Blue Shoe now.I'm almost done and wish I had a few hundred more pages.I feel as if I'm with Mattie,divorced,raising two small kids,facing her mother's growing dementia and yearning for a guy who is off-limits.Humor and tragedy blend ,making Blue Shoe realistic and memorable.It's the first Anne Lamott I've read but I'm already lining up my next!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222266
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Single mothers
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
107-355
Publication Date:
September 26, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.32x6.24x1.11 in. 1.24 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222266 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Lamott infuses this peripatetic story of a woman?s struggles after a divorce with the same quirky brand of Christianity she explored in her wildly popular memoir, Traveling Mercies....Lots of charm in the details, not much for momentum."
"Review" by , "Lamott's use of language allows us to see the smallest details from a fresh perspective, and her stories of motherhood and faith never fail to entertain and move us, all within the tightly wound ball of a good literary yarn....Lamott uses offbeat, descriptive language...and her story is as good as her funky turn of a phrase."
"Review" by , "Philosophical, honest, and poignant."
"Review" by , "Irrestible...a work full of shaggy, truthful claim."
"Review" by , "Anyone who's ever had a heartache or— a family—will relate to Anne Lamott's poignant novels."
"Review" by , "Moving and funny, fetchingly irreverent and soulful, Blue Shoe is an absolute joy."
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