Joy School

Joy School

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A lonely thirteen-year-old girl moves to Missouri with her distant and occasionally abusive father and falls in love with an older--and married--gasoline station attendant, an affair that teaches her some hard-won lessons

Blackwell North Amer
In this exquisite new novel by best-selling writer Elizabeth Berg, a young woman falls in love - and learns how sorrow can lead to an understanding of joy.
Katie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of ideal companions. When she accidently falls through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy. He is handsome, far older than she, and married, but she is entranced. As their relationship unfolds, so too does Katie's awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring.
Beautifully written in Berg's irresistible voice, Joy School portrays the soaring happiness one can feel at real love, the deep despair when it goes unrequited, and the stubbornness of hope that will not let us go. Here also is recognition that love can come in many forms and offer many different things. Joy School illuminates, too, how deep the things that hurt the most can sometimes teach us the lessons that really matter.

Baker
& Taylor

A lonely thirteen-year-old girl moves to Missouri with her distant and occasionally abusive father and falls in love with an older--and married--gasoline station attendant, an affair that teaches her some hard-won lessons. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1997.
ISBN: 9780679449430
0679449434
Branch Call Number: BER
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 21 cm.

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janwishart
Jul 01, 2016

Not quite as good as the first in the series

BugLady1 Apr 09, 2012

Loved this book as much as Durable Goods. The story picked up shortly after where the story in Durable Goods ended. Love how Berg puts the reader right into the story through the narrative of the main character. Katie is a believeable character with the naivity of an adolescent yet she has a wisdom beyond her years. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a quick read.

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