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Waiting for Joe

Waiting for Joe

(2010)
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After you've lost it all - job, house, savings, future - what have you got left? A piercing new novel of our times by one of Canada's finest fiction writers.

On a chilly early morning in late spring, Joe Beaudry and his wife, Laurie, wake up in circumstances that would challenge saints: they are on the lam in a stolen motorhome on the edge of a Walmart parking lot in Regina, Saskatchewan. They've gone bust, spectacularly: lost the house that was Joe's gift from his dad, lost the business Joe started when he got married, and stuck his ancient father in a nursing home in Winnipeg so they could flee their creditors. Joe knows the reality of the situation, and is trying to raise enough cash to get them both to Fort McMurray where he hopes he can find work. But Laurie, even though she watched Joe trash their high-end appliances with a sledgehammer when the yard sale didn't deliver enough cash, somehow thinks it's only temporary, and maxes out their last credit card on wardrobe and hair dye and wishes and dreams. For Joe, it's the last straw in a marriage that once seemed star-crossed and now seems simply unworkable.

Pushed to figure out what to do next, Joe simply takes off hitchhiking, leaving Laurie waiting for Joe, and Joe wondering how he will ever find meaning in a world that has disappointed his every expectation. The road for both of them provides surprising answers...

 
Used availability for Sandra Birdsell's Waiting for Joe


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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Waiting for Joe
Author(s): Sandra Birdsell
ISBN: 0-307-35916-6 / 978-0-307-35916-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Waiting for Joe
Author(s): Sandra Birdsell
ISBN: 0-307-35917-4 / 978-0-307-35917-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Waiting for Joe
Author(s): Sandra Birdsell
Publisher: Random House Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   



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