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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller from the beloved author of Bird by Bird, Hallelujah Anyway, and Almost Everything

Mattie Ryder is marvelously neurotic, well-intentioned, funny, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke. Her life at the moment is a wreck: Her marriage has failed, her mother is failing, her house is rotting, her waist is expanding, her children are misbehaving, and she has a crush on a married man. 

Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe - nothing more than a gumball trinket - left behind by her father. For Mattie, it becomes a talisman - a chance to recognize the past for what it was, to see the future as she always hoped it could be, and to finally understand her family, herself, and the ever-unfolding mystery of her sweet, sad, and sometimes surprising life.

©2003 Anne Lamott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Messy, brave and weirdly lovable...a substantial literary pleasure.” (New York Times Book Review)

"Moving and funny, fetchingly irreverent and soulful, Blue Shoe is an absolute joy." (Chicago Sun-Times)

”Glorious...After reading Blue Shoe, you feel as if you had sat on the kitchen floor and talked with the author late into the night about your mothers, your bodies, your lovers, and God. And that, in a nutshell, is the minor miracle of Lamott’s writing.” (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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