Blue shoe

Front Cover
Riverhead Books, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 319 pages
36 Reviews

The New York Times Bestseller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies.

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe—nothing more than a gumball trinket—left behind by her father. For Mattie, it becomes a talisman—a chance to recognize the past for what it was, to see the future as she always hoped it could be, and to finally understand her family, herself, and the ever-unfolding mystery of her sweet, sad, and sometimes surprising life.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
8
3 stars
10
2 stars
8
1 star
7

I feel like it's impossible not to enjoy her writing. - Goodreads
Powerful character development and emotion. - Goodreads
I always enjoy Anne Lamott's writing. - Goodreads
Operating Instructions is a fabulous book. - Goodreads

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Stormydawnc - LibraryThing

I've decided that while I'm quite a fan of Anne Lamott's non-fiction work, I don't tend to like her fiction books, and this one is no exception. Lamott is at her best when she's writing about her own ... Read full review

Review: Blue Shoe

User Review  - Megan Anderson - Goodreads

Mattie Ryder adjusts to life with her children after divorce. Her life is falling apart around her: her house, her relationship with her mother and her children, her will power, and her finances are ... Read full review

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

Bibliographic information