The Resurrection of Joan Ashby (Hardcover)
There are probably not enough superlatives to describe this intricate and involved debut novel. Probing deeply into the mysteries of family, relationships and the creative process, the author displays keen powers of observation and a deft touch using the difficult device of interior stories to portray her characters and subjects. One can only imagine that same meticulous care shown by Joan Ashby in her work is duplicated by Cherise Wolas. This work is so distinctive her only problem will be finding something as striking as an encore.— From Bill
Prepare for a stunning exploration of art, work and motherhood that says everything you’re never supposed to say about maternal sacrifice. Joan Ashby, already a literary giant in her twenties, vows never to interrupt her work with marriage or children. And yet, she finds herself married young and unexpectedly pregnant soon after, smothering her ambition and adopting the role of mother – a role that cannot fully satisfy her. Reminiscent of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening but much more hopeful, this novel devastated me with its gorgeous prose. I already can’t wait to see what Cherise Wolas will do next.— From Maggie
September 2017 Indie Next List
“I've always admired people who knew what they wanted to do from an early age, whether that was to be a doctor, a marine biologist, or a writer. Enter Joan Ashby, a young girl determined never to marry and certainly never to have children; then she does both, and that is when her tale truly begins. Not only are we privy to her life's story, we get to read some of her short stories and parts of her developing novels - the stories within the story, if you will. The only thing any of us know for sure, except for death and taxes, is that the hoped-for path is never straight and never predictable. I flat-out loved this book!”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
Longlisted for 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
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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
Cherise Wolas is a writer, lawyer, and film producer. A native of Los Angeles, she lives in New York City with her husband. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is her debut.