Joe is Southern literature at its best. The story of a boy in Mississippi struggling to provide for his family and get out from under the thumb of his abusive father, and of a man with one more shot at doing the right thing and living a good life. Joe—and pretty much everything Larry Brown wrote—is a beautiful, touching, simple story with flawed and familiar characters.— Colin
"Brilliant . . . Larry Brown has slapped his own fresh tattoo on the big right arm of Southern Lit." --The Washington Post Book World
Now a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage, directed by David Gordon Green.
Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won't slow down--not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women. Gary Jones estimates his own age to be about fifteen. Born luckless, he is the son of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, and he's desperate for a way out. When their paths cross, Joe offers him a chance just as his own chances have dwindled to almost nothing. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption--or ruin.