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The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
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Dec 03, 2008

it was amazing
Read in December, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Whether this is book of the year for me is up for debate, but Tropper is definiately my new author of the year.

This is humour in the same vein as "how to talk to a widower"... a young man in his thirties who hasnt grown up, a young male family member alongside and the love, humour and absurdity of family and small town life.

Joe Goffman is a successful, rich author who has made his money from a single book which has been made into a film. The book largely takes the mickey out of the small town of community, bush falls, where he grew up.

This is all fine, until his father is taken ill, he is forced to return and the locals vent their fury by throwing things at him, attacking him and ultimately blowing up his car.

The author uses the ability of the current tense and past thense through chapters of the fictional book very very well. This shows how Joe grows during the course of the book, from a bitter outsider non-jock to actually see how much his father loved him.

There is also other sub plots in the current - reconcillation with his ex.... finally shagging his ex's mother (dont ask), being led astray by his nephew and an old friend - gay in childhood - now dieing from aids.

From the opening sentance - which is as heart wrenching and as funny as you are likely to read - this is an absolute joy to read.
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