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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She took a breath and looked up into his worried face. "You're never going to
believe this," she said. She tried to swallow what she was about to say, tried to
think of a decoy. Please don't let me tell William, she prayed. "How bad can it be?
Patches of darkening sky broke through the fog. Mattie watched and waited and
thought about the blue on the paint-can key. She wondered if Isa knew where
that room was, the one Alfred had painted. Then Mattie saw the face again, small
She continued washing dishes, a tight smile on her face, now simultaneously
Snow White and the Wicked Stepmother. In fact, she only appeared to whistle
while she worked; underneath she was all shadows and schemes. "Mom," Mattie
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - oldblack - LibraryThing
The plot is essentially good with nearly all of it believable, and populated by real characters dealing with issues of significance to me - and many others too, I imagine. So why didn't I like it more ... Read full review