The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award
Longlisted for 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Kirkus Reviews 's Best Fiction of 2017
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Booklist's Top 10 First Novels: 2017
The New York Times Book Review 's Editors' Choice
Indie Next Pick for September 2017
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250081438
Characteristics: 534 pages


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Aug 15, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The fluid and engaging writing style was unique to the point I could not put it down , even with 500 plus pages and the book within a book aspect was thought provoking in it's entirety . I hope this author writes something very soon as I cannot wait to read another book by her. I rarely review books as I feel unworthy to discuss another's prose but I feel that to not read this magnificent book would be a tragedy .
5 Star book !!

Jul 15, 2018

I loved this book! All the stories within the story... I wanted more of them. Can't wait to read her next book.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 24, 2018

I really wanted to like this book more. I loved Joan Ashby's story but I will admit that I got frustrated with the stories within the story. I wanted to know more about HER not so much her characters. I also found that I really didn't care all that much about Daniel's story.

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