Sandra Birdsell

Waiting for Joe

Governor General Finalist 2010
Best Fiction Award, 2010, Saskatchewan Book Awards

Waiting for joe - Book coverOn a chilly early morning in late spring, Joe Beaudry and his wife, Laurie, wake up in circumstances that would challenge saints: they are on the lam in a stolen motor home on the edge of a Walmart parking lot. They’ve gone bust, spectacularly: lost the house, the business, and Joe has stuck his ancient father in a nursing home so they could flee their creditors.

Pushed to figure out what to do next, Joe simply takes off hitchhiking…leaving Laurie waiting for Joe, and Joe wondering how he will ever find meaning in a world that has disappointed his every expectation. The road for both of them provides surprising answers.
Sandra Birdsell turns her imagination on the new homeless, the economic orphans of the current recessionary storm and explores the answers offered by the rising tide of fundamentalist Christianity.


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