The Resurrection of Joan Ashby (Hardcover)

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Sometimes a powerful book throws us so that in turning to the next book on our nightstand we taste nothing but ashes in our mouth. To head off into a different world is suddenly unpalatable. We are cast off course. This sort of thing is rare for me, and I treasure it when it happens.The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, the debut novel by Cherise Wolas, caused such a breakdown.

The scope of Ashby, the breath of its engagement with the reader, the impressive realization of its ambitious literary character, all resonate so deeply that the pages of other books offered naught but hollow echoes. Not only had Wolas succeeded in creating a character presented as a literary icon, complete with accompanying primary text, but she powerfully engaged the reader through an exploration of personal identity. Ashby’s struggle to survive her broken adhesion to an uncompromising artistic identity, shattered by unwanted changes and betrayal which are ultimately absorbed without a loss of integrity, make for a rich and reflective reading experience indeed.

— From The Holiday Twenty


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" A] stunning debut...reminds me of my most favorite authors: J.D. Salinger, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Joan Didion." --A.M. Homes

I viewed the consumptive nature of love as a threat to serious women. But the wonderful man I just married believes as I do--work is paramount, absolutely no children--and now love seems to me quite marvelous.

These words are spoken to a rapturous audience by Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation acclaimed for her explosively dark and singular stories.

When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin's delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family.

Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made.

Epic, propulsive, incredibly ambitious, and dazzlingly written, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a story about sacrifice and motherhood, the burdens of expectation and genius. Cherise Wolas's gorgeous debut introduces an indelible heroine candid about her struggles and unapologetic in her ambition.

About the Author

A native of Los Angeles, Cherise Wolas lives in New York with her husband.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250081438
ISBN-10: 1250081432
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 544
Language: English