- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; 1st Edition edition (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250081432
- ISBN-13: 978-1250081438
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Ambitious...Intimate...There is a terrific twist midway through…Reads like a juicy 19th-century tome…That I got so worked up about a person who doesn’t exist is a testament to Wolas’s success in creating a complex and distinct fictional character. Joan Ashby is like no writer I have ever encountered; I’m sure, if she were real, she would be pleased to hear it.”
―The New York Times Book Review
“The rapturous advance praise for Cherise Wolas’ assured meta debut, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, doesn’t do it justice. This ambitious first novel introduces us to an elusive artist with a stratospheric cult following―only to unravel her life, as the blessings of divine inspiration battle the curse of earthly love. Lawyer and film producer Wolas has forged an audacious balancing act whose betrayals come from the least expected corners, submerging readers in a dazzling universe we hate to leave.”
―Huffington Post, starred review
“A startlingly self-assured debut novel spanning decades and rendered in luminous prose throughout…A deeply feminist novel, but one free of didacticism and ideological baggage.”
―The Toronto Star
“A stunning debut novel…a wealth of superb writing, mature insights, and breathtaking risks....A rare book such as this comes along only once in a long while.”
―New York Journal of Books
“The novel is too ambitious to ignore. Wolas’s own talent is undeniable. It’s even more impressive, considering that this is her first book.... It is among the most thrilling prose I have read in a long time.” ―Lillith
“Epic in scale, the novel focuses on Joan’s efforts to resolve her own life. This is an extraordinary, assured and deeply involving novel about marriage, motherhood, sacrifice and the creative impulse. Highly recommended.”
―Daily Mail, UK
“This breathtaking...novel will do for motherhood what Gone Girl (2012) did for marriage. ‘A story requires two things: a great story to tell and the bravery to tell it,’ Joan observes. Wolas’ debut expertly checks off both boxes.”
―Booklist, starred review
“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, starred review
“Debut author Wolas’s sure hand applies layer upon layer of precisely meshed poetic and cinematic scenes to realize a life of such quiet majesty and original consideration of family interplay that she does the impossible. Readers not only will mourn coming to the end, they will feel compelled to start over to watch the miracle of this novel unfold again. Breathtaking.”
―Library Journal, starred review
“It’s almost impossible to believe that The Resurrection of Joan Ashby…is the first novel by Cherise Wolas, a lawyer and film producer. Gorgeously written and completely captivating, the book spans decades and continents, deftly capturing the tug so many women feel between motherhood and self-identity.”
“Love and betrayal and expectation, all encapsulated in the story of one woman, Joan Ashby, and the surprises and disappointments of her life. Wolas' debut turns a critical and perceptive eye onto the complications and expectations of marriage. It’s also gorgeously written. Get into it.”
“You will not come away unchanged, and you will continue to think about Joan Ashby’s path long after you put this brick down…a masterful (mistress-ful? We need a better modifier…) debut novel that dares to consider whether becoming a mother is worth it, or not.”
“The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is Wolas's astonishing debut…innovative…brilliant.”
―Shelf Awareness Pro
“The scope of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, the breadth of its engagement with the reader, the impressive realization of its ambitious literary character, all resonated so deeply that the pages of these 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.”
―Publishers Weekly’s Shelf Talker
“...a tour de force. And while I accept that it is a debut, I am shocked by it. It’s, for me, like the literary equivalent of Athena springing fully formed from the head of Zeus.”
―Kirkus Review’s Fully Booked podcast
“Remarkable...There is power in the artistry of Cherise Wolas’ empathetic and resonant portrait of Joan Ashby, a woman who struggles every day to understand herself and to live the life that is true and authentic for her, despite demands and expectations to the contrary. Joan Ashby is every woman.”
“Astonishing...a gorgeous read, big and bold, intelligent and thought-provoking...an incredible book that reads nothing like a debut, so self-assured the writing, so expansive and wholly immersive the plot.”
“A stunning debut―because there is nothing debut about it. It arrives so fully realized 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, New York Times bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven, Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction
“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
A native of Los Angeles, Cherise Wolas lives in New York with her husband.
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I thought often while reading this novel of Kate Chopin's *The Awakening*, a book that hit me hard in college, but unlike Chopin, Wolas gives her modern heroine a way out and a chance to find herself again. Like the memorable Edna Pontellier, Joan Ashby is selfish and strong, brave and foolish and stubborn. But she is also resolute, even when she is deeply frustrated. I even spent a few afternoons myself in a book-induced haze because her disappointments felt like my disappointments. I felt angry with the men in her life for requiring so much from her and never seeing her for who she essentially was—even if Joan is partially responsible for her folly.
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a novel that gets under your skin, and it *will* shake you. It will make you think about being a mother/parent and a woman/grown up, about our adult choices and compromises, and about never giving up on yourself and what matters to you. It's also one of the best novels I've read all year.
It's 4am and there was no way I was going to sleep before I finished it, even though I'd wanted to finish it yesterday. Instead, throughout, I've found myself deliberately reading each word - I never do that, I skim quickly following the line of the story. She paints such pictures with her words - and I feel that I've just been taken on an extraordinary life's journey (I know there's a literary word for that somewhere - and which I've just googled to be bildungsroman - and I think it's nearly right - and I've never used that word before). If I could write a book, I wish it had been this one. I ADORed the short stories interspersed - have rarely felt as aware of the power of a pithy short story - will now start hunting some down. I fell in love with Joan, feel for her, wouldn't personally have made the same choices - though maybe I've made similar ones but haven't had a Daniel- or Eric-shaped problem in my life (and am grateful that my two were easier and happier). I'd love to know Vita, I might know Camille, I'm not at ALL sorry for Martin. It is an honor to be the caretaker of genius - but I think it can only be done with great love.This isn't a review of the book - it's a mini-explosion of how it's made me feel at the moment I finished it. What a deep pleasure these last few days have been immersed in this book. I feel that I need to go right back to the beginning and start it over again. THAT's how good!
It is a literary love fest. It is a book within short stories within a book. It gives you insight into the big, beautiful mind of a brilliant writer whose tales are magnetic. It flows with magnificent words that will have you rereading them as stand-alone poems. It is a story that you are waiting with bated breath to know ‘what happens’ yet you never want it to end. It is love, female force, the craft of writing, dreams, potential, family, function, dysfunction, intellect, passion, motherhood, nurture, coincidence, fate, and yes, even more.
Meet Joan Ashby, a loner by choice, who has written two short story collections to much critical acclaim. Manhattan is home and life as she knows it, as she has created it, is exactly as she wants it. Work takes precedence. Determined not to let anything get in the way… then love enters the picture.
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY is incomparable. Reading it is beyond a pleasurable experience. I am not often a re-reader, but I feel a pull to give myself some time to then go back to this book and reread it so that I can especially enjoy the ‘book within a book’ passages again.