Hey, Joe: a novel
A gay teenager looking for love in Louisiana stumbles into a conspiracy to tamper with a verdict, in an atmospheric novel about New Orleans nightlife by an up-and-coming writer for The New Yorker. A first novel. 15,000 first printing.
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Hey, Joe: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
Neihart's first novel is a coming-of-age tale set in a nocturnal New Orleans, where infinite possibilities for pleasure mingle with a vague sense of dread. It follows Joe Keith, a gay 16-year-old, as he wanders through the French Quarter one night, seeking a sense of who he is and where he belongs. Set against his adventures is the imminent verdict in the trial of Rae Schipke, an orphanage administrator accused of sexual abuse. The two plot strands intermingle after the verdict when Joe has a late-night tryst with an older teenager from the orphanage while Schipke invades Joe's home, holding his mother hostage. While the novel effectively uses the New Orleans setting as a mirror of Joe's psyche, the overwrought ending somewhat diminishes the novel's impact. Still, this is a worthy purchase for most collections.-Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, Mass.
Review: Hey, JoeUser Review - Goodreads
I'm rating this book twice because both covers were great. How rare is it to have a different paperback cover that works as well as the hardcover? Rare, I think. I mean, very.