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About John J Asher
Asher grew up in rural West Texas. He spent his early days working blue-collar jobs, the well from which much of the writing is drawn. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and earned his livelihood afterward as an artist. These two worlds come together in his novel, "Yellow Mesquite," and art figures prominently in "A Dignified Exit" and "Hurry the Night," available in eBook and paperback at all major outlets, or from his website: http://johnjasher. com.
“Kill a few hours enjoying the suspense and human drama.” -- Publisher’s Weekly review of books by John J Asher
Monroe Colson baffles his family and friends when he abruptly announces that he’s moving to Mexico.
Monroe, a successful children’s book illustrator from a small Texas town, insists he wants to paint without interruptions. He arrives as a stranger in San Miguel, but his plans take an unexpected turn when he rescues a vibrant young American woman who has been abandoned, penniless, by her fiancé.
As the true nature of his mysterious behavior comes to light, Monroe’s reasons for leaving his old life is questioned by this woman who has arrived almost -- but not entirely -- too late.
This emotionally powerful and often humorous story with its controversial subject matter is a poignant testament to love and the resilience of the human heart.
Complicating matters, his downstairs tenant, Camille, a single mom with a ten-month-old baby, is broke and months behind on her rent.
Things go from bad to worse when Parker takes in Ira, an old musician friend. Ira is a once-upon-a-time Orthodox Jew, once-upon-a-time Catholic, once upon-a-time Trappist Monk, and an all-time hypochondriac. Ira’s wife leaves him when he is actually stricken with agoraphobia—an unnatural fear of people and open spaces—the opposite of Parker’s self-destructive lifestyle.
Enter Rio Santiago, an S and M-oriented rich girl who drives a hearse with a big happy face on the door, and a casket in back for her la petite mort. Parker rejects her, and she sics her sociopath boyfriend, Sully, on him. When Sully comes after Parker, Ira, Camille, and her baby are endangered, igniting in Parker a desire to protect them with a purpose and passion his life has been lacking.
When James Martin’s father kills James’s mother and commits suicide, the Claybern family takes the orphaned ten-year-old in—against their young daughter Jilly’s wishes.
All James Martin wants is a normal life, free of the stigma of his father’s actions and consequent blackouts from which he wakes totally disoriented and terrified of what he might have done.
His worst fears are realized when as a young adult he awakens in a sleazy hotel room to find a young boy tied to a chair, a body on the floor, and a bloody tire tool in his hand.
It’s hard enough for Jilly in rural West Texas, as she has a rare genetic condition similar to albinism, but with tints of skin tone and pale otherworldly blue eyes. Jilly is obsessed with reclaiming the prestige her family lost when her father read an “evil omen” in a tub of hog guts and took to his bed, never to work again.
When Jilly eventually has an opportunity to make serious money, she is faced with a moral dilemma: just how far is she willing to go to get it?
Can either James or Jilly live a normal life, at peace with themselves or each other in this coming-of-age novel set in drought-stricken West Texas in the 1940s and ’50s?
Harley Buchanan wants out—out of his hardscrabble existence in West Texas, out of the heartbreaking discovery of his high school sweetheart with another boy. He hitches out of Separation, Texas, determined to forge his way in the art world of the
1960s. But he can’t leave his past as easily as he left Texas. A startling discovery ignites a bloodlust that propels him on an adrenaline-driven mission of revenge back to Texas, where he finally confronts the obsession that has crippled his entire life.
“[…] The places Asher takes us, both visually and emotionally, range from the dirt-poor farms of West Texas, to Dallas, to Lower Manhattan, to Uptown, and back again. The people he becomes involved with range from trailer-trash, to oilfield millionaires, to eccentric artists, to art-scene sophisticates. They lie, cheat, steal, love, and hate. They betray and they support. They are petty and generous. One thing they are not is forgettable.”
—J. T. Conroe: Blue Hotel, The Tower Maker.
“Easily my favorite of Asher's novels. This coming-of-age story has all the author's trademark ingredients—rich, visual descriptions and three-dimensional, nuanced characters…”
—Phoebe Fox: The Breakup Doctor, Bedside Manners.