Joe's fiction has been described by agents and editors as "life-affirming," "redemptive," and "truly lovely." Look below for a brief synopsis of his adult fiction, "The Town With No Roads" and "Five Wishes."
The Town With No Roads
When Aspen Collins’ dying father falls into a coma, her only wish is that he wake up long enough for her to tell him she loves him. But in what appears to be a series of miracles, her comatose father leaves messages for her all over their remote hometown, The Town With No Roads. Word of these inexplicable phenomena spreads, and TV reporter Jamison Hightower comes to town, hoping for the big story that will make his career. Aspen and Jamison are a love affair waiting to happen—but only if each can make peace with the past. Peopled with a colorful cast of characters, The Town With No Roads is a story about the regrets that can hold us back and the unconditional love that can set us free.
With all his family and friends gone, one hundred year-old Murray McBride is looking for a reason to live. He finds it in Jalil Muhammad, a ten year-old boy with a terminal heart defect and a list of five things he wants to do before he dies. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. Along the way, Murray remembers what it's like to be young, and Jalil fights for the opportunity to grow old. But when tragedy strikes, their worlds are turned upside-down, and an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jalil's final wish come true.