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.