When Joe's doctor advises him to get his affairs in order after a diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer , he faces two choices: leave this world full of regrets, or seek forgiveness for a life unlived An unexpected thing happens on Joe's path to redemption He meets Rebecca, a young, single mother struggling with guilt over the death of her own mother They soon come to realize that the other may hold the key to forgiveness and salvationif they can find the courage to trust one another

10 thoughts on “My Name is Joe

  1. Anne Anne says:

    I absolutely loved this book! I would classify this as literary fiction because of the eloquent prose, attention to character and detail, and the proper motivation to make me think and feel.

    Essentially My Name Is Joe is about a middle-aged man who has no family of his own, and working from home has kept him isolated from the outside world. He is relatively without ambition or motivation and is just going through the motions of the daily grind when he learns he has cancer of the terminable nature. The knowledge of his impending death sends him into a world of introspection, inner musings and a deep need to know if it is too late for him to make a difference on the world. What he does next sets into motion a series of events that nobody could have anticipated.

    This story is both sad and profoundly uplifting at the same time. Few books have moved me on this level and even after weeks since putting it down, I still am struck by lines or feelings I felt when reading this book. I highly, highly recommend this book!

  2. Matthew Matthew says:

    A short and emotional book, you'll likely be left with a renewed appreciation for life.

    This is a short quote that I liked from the book:

    You are not dying, and perception might lead you to believe there is still plenty of time for experience later. Someday you'll visit the Grand Canyon. Someday you'll find a job that you actually love to do. There will be plenty of time for the love of a puppy for the love of a good woman...someday.

    I was a man who had walked through his somedays and had not even realized. My somedays were gone. If I could deliver a single message to all the world of the living that might be heard, it would be these: These are your somedays!

  3. Jojo Jojo says:

    A wonderful book about one man's search for redemption and recognition before he dies. He finds solace and a family when he meets a women and her son.

    Stefan Bourque does a great job touching all our emotional buttons. It's very sad but also inspirational and sweet. The pace is slow and meandering, but in a good way, imitating a man's contemplation of what his own death would mean. The characters are realistic and powerful. They each have their weaknesses but try their best to overcome them.

    As I've said before, the pace is pretty slow. Bourque spends a lot of time weaving his story together with metaphors and symbolism. Depending on how you like your books, you might have to wait until halfway through the story before you're really hooked. Don't expect all that much action. Bourque focused more of his effort in building his characters and their relationships to each other.

    Pro: Believable and strong characters, powerful character relationships, intricate and beautiful descriptions, touching ending

    Con: Slow beginning(it depends on the reader whether this is a pro or con), very little action

    This is a great book for readers of all ages. Though I should warn you, if you are a younger reader, that there is one or two nude scenes but, uh, nothing naughty happens. Anyway, anyone looking for a deep meaningful introspective read should definitely give this book a shot. The story can only end in one way but you can't help but feel happy for what has been achieved.

    Won this book in a giveaway in exchange for a review

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads (a fact I am required to disclose). Although I had no previous exposure to Bourque's writing, I am looking forward to reading more of his work. Bourque has written a beautiful book with My Name Is Joe. Despite its heart breaking subject, the story both inspired me and restored my faith in the potential for human kindness.

  5. René Olivo René Olivo says:

    If I'd ever recommend a book, it has to be this one

    I read this book as part of a personal project to search for books in the 3 stars range, but which actually should be 5 stars, at least for me.

    After rounding up a couple of books, I wouldn't have imagined that I'd find the perfect book matching my criteria right off the bat. This is definitely a hidden gem.

    What I liked the most about the book is how believable Joe is as a character. How the author can convey such complex emotions and yet one can eagerly grasp and empathise with them pulling you towards the warmth of the story, which is a very touching one.

    This book has definitely left its mark on me and I can only hope more people would give this title a fair chance to read it and have such an amazing experience just as I did.

    Not 3, but 5 stars.

  6. Heather Heather says:

    An incredibly moving story about a man told he was about to die and the power of human kindness. Stefan Bourque wrote a beautiful, heartwarming story. It was a wonderful read - in the first part of the book, you just read Joe's thoughts as he faces his dying alone - you really understand what it was like for a person facing a terminal diagnosis. Then he gives himself a going away party and in the process found a wonderfully caring individual that truly helped Joe through his final days, but she also got some redemption in return. You can never really plan your life because there is another force that is guiding you where you really need to go - one of my favorite quotes from the book is so I guess it was time to stop making plans, to cease my force of will upon the Universe and instead let it guide me.

    I really enjoyed this book , and I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a short book so it won't take you too long!

  7. Jakki Jakki says:

    It's difficult to review this book without giving out spoilers. Suffice to say, I enjoyed the beginning or first third to half of the book when the character pontificates about the ironies of life, the growing loneliness of the digital age, the feelings of having a lack of a social circle and strong family relationships. I thought it was all fascinating and well-written. You knew from the beginning something would change for our dying character, Joe, but I wasn't a fan of how it came about and furthermore the lack of development between the characters...the relationship just came to BE, wasn't built and I find that to be a hard sell. While we all have experienced instant connections with others, the relationship in this book is almost one of fantasy and I prefer books that stick closer to reality. A decent, quick read and the first part made it worth the while. It's a good story, but just veers off the path that true life often follows a bit too much for my taste.

  8. Julianne Julianne says:

    A quick little feel good read. Joe has just been told he has terminal cancer, and he's looking back on his life, regretting choosing his career over any personal relationships to speak of. There is redemption, of course, as Rebecca and her son enter his life, and give him a reason to find joy, purpose, and love (not really romantic) in his final days. It's not exactly the most realistic scenario, but it's still nice to have hope that people can still care about others even though they have nothing to gain.

  9. Elaine Elaine says:

    Didn't get good until the middle and then the end was so sad even though you knew the whole time it was going to be sad.

  10. A Book Vacation A Book Vacation says:

    To see my full review:


    This relatively short read takes an in-depth look at one man’s life once an end date is unceremoniously stamped upon it. Like Queen Latifah in Last Holiday, Joe has just learned that he is going to die. But unlike the comedic movie, Joe does not have a happy ending—there is no mistake made here. Suffering from pancreatic cancer, he is instructed to get his affairs in order, sending him on a spiraling journey that surveys his contributions to the world, or lack thereof. Compelled to reminisce about his past as he looks bleakly at his short future, Joe begins to assess his life and make amends, learning to finally live in a world he has for so long allowed to pass him by.

    While this is a somewhat depressing look at the end of one man’s life, it is also an inspirational one—powerful in that it lays his soul bare and allows him to finally experience all that he never knew he missed. With the help of a good-hearted, young, single mother, Joe learns what truly matters in life and no longer has to face death alone. And while readers already know what the end of this tale will hold, it’s a touching look at the human spirit that, though tears are shed, will leave readers feeling triumphant.