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The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
  

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September 2017 Debut of the Month

Surprising, vivid, and eloquent, this is a truly beautiful debut. Joan Ashby is a talented, award winning writer, and while marriage and family press pause in the story of her career, words demand access to the page. Author Cherise Wolas paints a vibrant and personal picture of Joan using a variety of methods including magazine articles and short stories. My mind was immediately captivated by the strength and purity of the writing, and I fell in love with this tale. The fictional world within fictional world caused my thoughts to fracture and reconnect, and asked my consciousness to think in a different way, to stop and consider. ‘The Resurrection of Joan Ashby’ displays life in all its wonderful confusing glory, the hidden, the echoes, the hurt and love. If I had to choose to be a book, to live within the pages, this is one that I’d most certainly pick. A wonderful debut and highly recommended. ~ Liz Robinson

Synopsis

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

Aged 13, Joan Ashby drew up a list of How to Become a Successful Writer:

1. Do not waste time

2. Ignore Eleanor Ashby* when she tells me I need friends [*J.A.'s mother]

3. Read great literature every day

4. Write every day

5. Rewrite every day

6. Avoid crushes and love

7. Do not entertain any offer of marriage

8. Never ever have children

9. Never allow anyone to get in my way

A decade later her short stories take the literary world by storm. But her failure to fulfil numbers 6 and 7 gets in the way, closely followed by number 8 (twice); some years down the road, she finds herself living a life very different from the one she had envisioned.She finally gets back on track with numbers 4 and 5 and her much-anticipated first novel is finally written - and it's a masterpiece, she just knows it. But as she is poised to reclaim the spotlight, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportions is lurking around the corner...

Reviews

'Like John Irving's The World According to Garp, this is a look at the life of a writer that will entertain many nonwriters. Like Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies, it's a sharp-eyed portrait of the artist as spouse and householder. From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better' Kirkus Reviews

`A stunning debut - because there is nothing debut about it. It arrives so fully realised that it stuns as it entertains, as it twirls the reader on the sharp point of a #2 pencil. Wolas is a writer in full command of some impressive powers - one might even call them special powers. There is a joyous embrace to her work - to her exploration of the life and mind of her main character, the author Joan Ashby. Ashby is so well rendered that I found myself jealous of her (and Wolas) and also wishing she were my best friend and that we had a standing drinks date. Wolas is singular in her voice - and yet the delicacy, the specificity reminds me of my most favorite authors: J.D. Salinger, Carson McCullers, Truman Capote, Joan Didion' A.M. Homes, bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven

`This is the kind of book that pulls you under and you go willingly. And when it's over, you come up for air and see anew. In giving us the story of one woman's struggle to write her own life, Wolas captures worlds in worlds here, and lives in lives. As many currents run in a single river, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is rich and wide, and deep'
Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress

`Cherise Wolas has delivered an audacious and dynamic first novel. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a remarkable tapestry of literary skill, emotional insight, and sensational storytelling' Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

About the Author

Cherise Wolas is a writer, editor, lawyer, and film producer whose movies include the SXSW Audience Award winner Darkon. A native of Los Angeles, she holds a BFA in film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a JD from Loyola Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th September 2017

Author

Cherise Wolas

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
544 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780008201142

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