Blue Shoe

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Riverhead Books, 2003 - Fiction - 319 pages
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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 the memoir writing and her writing advice books. - Goodreads
There are too many underdeveloped plot lines. - Goodreads
Good imagery and unique descriptions. - Goodreads
The ending was a complete letdown. - Goodreads
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The story was alright, but I think I found the writing a little more bland than I would normally like. I don't even know how to say what exactly it was that put me off of this book. I think that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon Hardin - Goodreads

This book has a lot to recommend it. Anne Lamott has wonderful phrases and descriptions, unexpectedly poignant, humorous, lovely, or disgusting! However, as usual, her characters are not easy to like ... 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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