Waiting for JoeeBook - 2010
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This poignant tale is about loss and redemption. Joe and Laurie Beaudry have lost their home, family business, car and their marriage is on a slippery slope. The story takes place in Western Canada, primarily in Winnipeg and Regina. After the bankruptcy of Joe’s RV business he “borrows” an RV to drive to Fort McMurray to look for work. Joe’s father, Alfred has to be temporarily placed in a nursing home in Winnipeg while the couple tries to find work and get their life back in order. They stop in Regina and Joe is trying to get a temporary job to help pay for the gas to get them to Fort McMurray.
Laurie thinks that their predicament is temporary and blows the last of their credit on purchases of clothing and hair dye. Laurie has problems with overspending and uses the high of purchasing items to make her feel happy. Joe’s attempt to get temporary work in Regina go astray and after a fight with Laurie he takes off hitchhiking toward Fort McMurray. He ends up taking a side trip to visit a childhood friend ,Pastor Ken who lives in Vancouver. Laurie is left in Regina with the R.V and she has to decide what path to take with her life without Joe.
Birdsell possesses a fine craft in weaving a story that portrays the resilience of both characters and how this bumpy patch in their lives makes them both stronger.
What I liked about this book was the depiction of the present and past lives of both Joe and Laurie and how their present predicaments can be understood with choices and characters flaws that both possess.
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