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Joe: A Novel

by Larry Brown

Algonquin Books | September 30, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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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 ruin.  An understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 30, 2003

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565124138

ISBN - 13: 9781565124134

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Joe: A Novel

by Larry Brown

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 30, 2003

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565124138

ISBN - 13: 9781565124134

From the Publisher

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 ruin.  An understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people.

About the Author

Larry Brown was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived all his life. At the age of thirty, a captain in the Oxford Fire Department, he decided to become a writer and worked toward that goal for seven years before publishing his first book, Facing the Music, a collection of stories, in 1988. With the publication of his first novel, Dirty Work, he quit the fire station in order to write fulltime. Between then and his untimely death in 2004, he published seven more books. His three grown children and his widow, Mary Annie Brown, live near Oxford.

Editorial Reviews

"With this powerful novel of poverty-mired Mississippi... Brown comes into his own, illuminating the painful lives of his characters with compassion and eloquence." -Publishers Weekly

"Bright with pain and liquor, this raw and gritty novel ranks with the best hard-knocks, down-and-out work of Jim Thompson and Harry Crews. It''s lean, mean, and original." -Kirkus Reviews

"Larry Brown is establishing himself as one of the most authentic literary voices of our generation. It''s a voice framed, as many great voices have been, in the inflections of the South. It''s a voice as true as a gun rack, unpretentious and uncorrupted, full of wit and sorrow." -Baltimore Evening Sun

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