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Joe's Word: An Echo Park Novel

Joe's Word: An Echo Park Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New title)

By Stromme, Elizabeth

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Joe, a writer-for-hire in LA, finds his emotionally distanced world jeopardized by a client's special desires. His financial reliance on a sleazy character who needs pornographic letters to send to mail-order brides soon complicates his relationship with his girlfriend, the beaut... read full description below.

ISBN 9780872864252
Published 14 October 2003 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Series An Echo Park novel
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ISBN-13 9780872864252
ISBN-10 0872864251
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 14 October 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Stromme, Elizabeth
Series An Echo Park novel
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 183mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 241g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Writing services - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 843.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Joe, a writer-for-hire in LA's inner city, finds his emotionally distanced world jeopardised by a client's special desires. His financial reliance on a sleazy character who needs pornographic letters to send mail-order brides soon complicates Joe's relationship with his girlfriend, the beautiful Clio. This noir-style novel vividly brings to life an embattled community of mostly have-nots who attempt to survive city corruption, police harassment, and the daily grind with humour and sheer grit.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As hilarious as The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers...a small masterpiece of dry tenderness. - Bruno Juffin, Les Inrockuptibles
US Review Stromme's third mystery but first to appear here showcases a solitary noir hero in a hardscrabble '90s Los Angeles neighborhood of quirky outsiders. First-person narrator Joe pieces together a living as a public writer (resumes, letters, speeches) in his gritty multilingual district. Naturally, he has an unfinished novel in his bottom desk drawer. Joe shares his office with chatty Teresa, who assists him with some projects and also styles hair (the current hot neighborhood 'do is the Shanna). His best client is a lonelyheart named Willy, for whom he pens letters to potential brides overseas. Other neighborhood denizens include Beanie, a loud street philosopher, and Belinda, a greasy-spoon proprietress. An unlikely romance blossoms when an artist named Clio visits Teresa for a cut that will make her look like Jean Seberg. With matchmaking in mind, Teresa suggests that Clio could help Joe jazz up his work. The couple's chemistry is obvious, their romance fueled by a mutual love of baseball. But adjusting to one another takes more work than either wants to undertake. Does Joe really want a relationship, or is he content to fantasize like Willy about distant women? Matters get more complicated, and dangerous, when Beanie is unexpectedly killed and one of the foreign damsels Willy's been corresponding with arrives unannounced-and uninvited-at Joe's office. Easygoing but not particularly evocative or interesting, and only nominally a mystery. (Kirkus Reviews)

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