The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

In The Book of Joe the hero, Joe, comes back to his hometown after many years’ absence because his father is very ill. While he was away Joe published a heavily autobiographical novel in which he told all the dirty secrets of the town inhabitants, therefore his welcome is cold. The first part of the novel is fast-paced, sarcastic, and funny as Joe stumble from one misunderstanding to another. The second part, after his dad dies, descends into cliches and self-righteous discoveries, unfortunately.

Easy to read throughout, but you may feel a bit unsatisfied and even guilty during part 2.

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