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Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and the King of Beats

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It was 1950. Strikingly beautiful twenty-year-old Joan Haverty had arrived in New York City and was working as a seamstress. During a deteriorating attempt to reconcile with her lover, fate intervened when joan heard a stranger's voice calling up to her loft from the street below-it was Jack Kerouac, needing the door unlocked so he could get to a party.

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Paperback, 223 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Creative Arts Book Company
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GK Stritch
Oct 31, 2014 GK Stritch rated it really liked it
Nobody's Wife is worth the read.

Jack asks Joan, "Don't you ever laugh?" Not too many laughs in this book, and perhaps not many in Joan's life, which seems to have been an unhappy one. Perhaps the only real affection she knew was from a grandfather. Joan reiterates throughout the book that she doesn't feel pain, which is not completely explained, and there seems to be a great deal that isn't explained in this 216-page book, and little is revealed about her childhood. For example, it isn't clear
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Jeff Tucker
Aug 08, 2009 Jeff Tucker rated it liked it
Joan is not a great writer but if you're interested in the beat generation, as I am, then this book is a must read. Joan Haverty was Jack Kerouac's wife. He was living in her apartment in New York City while he was writing "On the Road". Joan is also the mother of Kerouac's only child Jan Kerouac. In fact Jan found the manuscript for this book after her mother had died. As a student of the beat generation I am glad that Jan finally got her mother's story published.
Sierra
May 30, 2008 Sierra rated it it was amazing
simple descriptive writing from the 2nd wife of kerouac. an appreciated look into the other side of his life from the less known (at least to me) point of view of someone who did not/does not worship him.
Lisa
Dec 03, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Her writing is better than Parker's (Kerouac's first wife and author of her own memoirs), but having read daughter Jan Kerouac's books, I would have liked to read more about Joan's life AFTER Kerouac. However, I guess that would not have been as marketable.
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