Joe Goffman's sizzling first novel - and a blockbuster on screen - has savaged almost every reputation in Bush Falls. Having turned his back firmly on the town he left seventeen years ago, the indignant cries of former neighbours, friends and family members - not to mention the class action slander suit - have never fazed Joe in the least. Until ...Read MoreJoe Goffman's sizzling first novel - and a blockbuster on screen - has savaged almost every reputation in Bush Falls. Having turned his back firmly on the town he left seventeen years ago, the indignant cries of former neighbours, friends and family members - not to mention the class action slander suit - have never fazed Joe in the least. Until now. A family emergency summons him back to Bush Falls, where, mere minute after his arrival, he falls victim to the wrath of the townsfolk: milk-shakes thrown in his face, copies of his novel pelting his house, violent threats to blow up his shiny new Mercedes. But the more Bush Falls resents Joe, the more it becomes obvious that Joe desperately needs Bush Falls. As he walks along the familiar streets, memories return that he had long ago though purged by his writing. One year especially, 1986, when Joe lost his best friend and his innocence to passion, betrayal and tragedy, haunts him with a vengeance. Now, almost two decades later, Joe has to face his past without resorting to his pen. And with the help of some very old friends, he might just be able to learn something...if he manages to survive his homecoming.Read Less
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I Loved this book and I truly love reading this author. I actually couldn't put it down. It talks about family, fame and what is truly important in life. Also talks about how the past affects our present and our future
Oct 19, 2009
COMING OF AGE
The novel is more suited to men or women who want to know how men think. It was often hilarious at the expense of another person. It was irreverent, profane and more about a young man's coming of age than anything. I have to qualify my response whether I would recommend the book to someone. I'd be selective. Young men would be a great audience for this book.
Aug 16, 2008
This was a great book. Nice and easy and light. I wish Joe was real!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-01 After Joe Goffman's Bush Falls becomes a runaway bestseller, he never expects to go back to his small Connecticut hometown and face the outrage generated by the dark secrets his autobiographical novel reveals. But when his father suffers a life-threatening stroke, return the unhappy and unfulfilled Joe does, to meet head-on the antipathy waiting for him. Among the Bush Falls locals hellbent on revenge in this breezy sophomore effort by Tropper (Plan B) are deputy sheriff Mouse and ex-con Sean Tallon, both former members of the high school basketball team, as well as the wife of the basketball coach, who dumps a milk shake on Joe the first day he is back in town. Joe also crosses paths with his resentful older brother, Brad; Lucy, the sexy mother of a high school friend; and Carly, the only woman he ever truly loved. At its best, the novel skillfully illustrates the tenderness and difficulties of first love and friendship, exploring the aftermath of Joe's high school relationships with Carly and pals Sammy and Wayne. Fans of Tom Perrotta's sarcastic humor will appreciate Tropper's evocation of both the allure and hypocrisy of smalltown American life, particularly in drug- and alcohol-fueled episodes involving Joe's 19-year-old nephew, Jared, and a grown-up, AIDS-infected Wayne. Frequent pop culture references, particularly to Bruce Springsteen, help move things along briskly and by novel's end, Joe has learned to appreciate the virtues of Bush Falls and realize he's not perfect himself. Despite its charms, however, this boy-who-won't-grow-up novel relies too heavily on canned lines ("she's taking measurements of my soul through her eyes") and easy melodrama. (Mar. 30) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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