Joy School

Joy School

Book - 1997
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In this exquisite new novel by bestselling 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 being ideal companions. When she accidentally 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 of real love, the deep despair one can feel when it goes unrequited, and the stubbornness of hope that will not let us let go. Here also is recognition that love can come in many forms and offer many different things. Joy School illuminates, too, how the things that hurt the most can sometimes teach us the lessons that really matter. About Durable Goods, Elizabeth Berg's first novel, Andre Dubus said, "Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems." The same will be said of Joy School, Elizabeth Berg's most luminous novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1997.
ISBN: 9780679449430
Characteristics: 208 pages ;,21 cm.


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Apr 11, 2019

Missed that this was a sequel to Durable Goods but it is so well written that it works well as a stand alone novel. Read it in one afternoon! My favorite was the detail where her friend's mother reprimanded her for placing the bathroom tissue on the holder incorrectly and not folding the little V like they do in "your nicer hotels"!!

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.

May 25, 2010

Very sweet coming-of-age story about a likeable girl. Quick read, too!

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