Blue Shoe

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Riverhead Books, 2003 - Fiction - 319 pages
348 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.

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I love Anne Lamott's writing. - Goodreads
There are too many underdeveloped plot lines. - Goodreads
Good imagery and unique descriptions. - Goodreads
The ending was a complete letdown. - Goodreads
Powerful character development and emotion. - Goodreads
I always enjoy Anne Lamott's writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I noticed that several other reviewers really disliked the protagonist, Mattie. I agree that she's quite the self-centered character, however I found her to be quite real, as well. She at least had ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margie Shelton - Goodreads

This book was absolutely ok. The writing was ok. The characters were ok. The description of a place and time were ok. I will try another of Lamott's novels but i'm not going into it with great expectations. Read full review

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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.

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