Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott

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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 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.

About Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott is the author of the national bestsellers Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird, and Operating Instructions, as well as five novels, including Crooked Little Heartand Rosie. Her column in Salonmagazine was voted the Best of the Web by Newsweekmagazine, and she is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Published July 31, 2002 by Riverhead Books. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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We know he’ll become Mattie’s soulmate when he can’t bring himself to kill the rats he’s been hired to eradicate from Mattie’s infested house.

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Patterson Special to the Star Tribune At the opening of Anne Lamott's novel "Blue Shoe," the main character, Mattie Ryder, lies "on the side of the bed where her husband should be sleeping."

Oct 05 2002 | Read Full Review of Blue Shoe

Book Reporter

In nonfiction such as TRAVELING MERCIES and OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS, Anne Lamott is completely open about herself and her all-too-human struggles, so it's not surprising that Mattie, the main character here, shares the author's own predilection for candor --- even when it shows her in a glaringly ...

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Deseret News

Mattie Ryder, the main character of "Blue Shoe," is a larger, more troubled version of author Anne Lamott, who puts a lot of herself into all her books.

Oct 27 2002 | Read Full Review of Blue Shoe

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Now Mattie, who works at Sears as a perfect size-12 model, is piecing together a new life for herself and her children from a bizarre collection of friends, family, pets, art and faith.

Nov 07 2002 | Read Full Review of Blue Shoe

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