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Joy Road is a memoir by Julie Evans, a change-of-life baby who spent much of her Midwestern childhood nurturing her alcoholic mother and her chronically ill father. Both parents died while she was still a teen. She takes readers on a tumultuous ride from the 1970s to the 2000s as she struggles to find herself, developing addictions to sex, drugs, alcohol and nicotine. In the end it’s her experiences as a wildlife rehabilitator, and the wise counsel of a country pastor, that rescue her and usher her into a life of service. Julie’s compelling story is set in colorful locales, including Minneapolis, Phoenix, Key West, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City and, finally, upstate New York. Peopled with a memorable cast of characters, her saga is by turns shocking, humorous and inspiring. Today Julie lives on Joy Road in Woodstock, New York. She is a healed healer, writer and motivational speaker with a thriving massage practice.
“Joy Road is paved with uncertainty and grace.”
—Anne Lamott, New York Times-bestselling author
“Joy Road is a marvelously written book. Get it!"
—Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life
“Alternately touching, hilarious, frightening and uplifting, Joy Road is a powerful narrative of personal redemption in its own right, but it is the unadorned, authentic voice of the writer that makes this memoir utterly unforgettable.”
—Steven Lewis, member of the Writing Institute faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and author of Loving Violet
“Julie Evans recollects this thing we call coming-of-age and shows what’s underneath, in between, and just above it all. In a voice that captivates and caresses, she reveals the aching and shining heart . . . the little and big girl . . . the terrifying risks taken, and the light beams of faith. Take Joy Road all the way to the end—you’ll be glad you did!”
—Kathy Curto, author of Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood
“This beautifully polished and intimate story reveals the deep sadness in the narrator’s heart, her healing powers, her wisdom, and her abiding innocence.”
—Mihai Grunfeld, author of Leaving: Memories of Romania; and Associate Professor, Vassar College