THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY
Longlisted for 2018 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
11 Women to Watch in 2018, BookPage
WHSmith 2018 Fresh Talent selection
Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction of 2017
Kirkus Reviews' Best Debut Novels of 2017
2017's Top 10 First Novels, Booklist
The New York Times Book Review’s Editors’ Choice
An Indie Next Great Reads Pick
Bookbrowse Editors' Choice
First Fiction: What's Next in 2017, BookPage
Kirkus Reviews' 13 Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live Up to the Hype
Bustle's 9 Fall Book Debuts By Women You’re Going To Want To Read Immediately
Nantucket Magazine’s 7 for September 2017
Kirkus Reviews’ 9 Excellent Reads for Labor Day Weekend
Literary Hub's 14 Books to Read This August
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Literary Guild Book Club Selection
Doubleday Book Club Selection
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.
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That I got so worked up about a person who doesn’t exist is a testament to Wolas’ 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. Ambitious. Intimate. Terrific.
—The New York Times Book Review
Debut author Wolas' 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.
—Library Journal, starred review
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
Wolas' powerhouse debut novel takes readers on an emotional ride, while tackling questions about the ways in which women are sometimes force to choose between love of family and self-actualization.
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
An extraordinary, assured and deeply involving novel about marriage, motherhood, sacrifice and the creative impulse. Highly recommended.
—Daily Mail, UK
'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
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
It’s almost impossible to believe this the first novel by Cherise Wolas. Gorgeously written and completely captivating, the book spans decades and continents, deftly capturing the tug so many women feel between motherhood and self-identity.
—BookPage, starred review
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.
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.
New York Times bestselling author of May We Be Forgiven,
winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction
Wolas’ debut turns a critical and perceptive eye onto the complications and expectations of marriage. It’s also gorgeously written. Get into it.
Resurrection wrestles with the artist's life...in ways no writer has attempted since Woolf. You will not come away unchanged, and you will continue to think about Joan Ashby’s path long after you put down this debut novel that dares to consider whether becoming a mother is worth it, or not.
Big, bold...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.
—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 other books offered naught but hollow echoes. Not only has Wolas succeeded in creating a character presented as a literary icon, complete with accompanying primary text, but she powerfully engages the reader through an exploration of personal identity.
—Publishers Weekly’s Shelf Talker
A tour de force.
The literary equivalent of Athena springing fully formed from the head of Zeus.
—Kirkus Review’s Fully Booked podcast
...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. Vivid, revelatory writing that cracks open the intricate and subtle. Wolas... explores how a life's rhythms, distractions and experiences influence the creative process. And...how an artist's life irrepressibly leaches into her work.
—Full Stop, a Leonard Prize Review
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.
Absolutely brilliant. I would read all of Joan Ashby's books, and that's a testament to the absolute ridiculous skill that Cherise Wolas has. And it's her first book. I can't get over that. I can't wait to see what's next.
—The Thread, Minnesota Public Radio
Everyone will find a bit of themselves in Joan Ashby,
as she struggles with parenthood over career, selflessness over selfishness.
The stories within the main story...get into the mind of this fiction author
who is too real on the page to not actually exist.
Wolas...shines a light on many uncomfortable, fascinating truths.
—The Globe and Mail
One of the most impressive debuts of 2017. I was entertained and impressed. I was jealous of the abundance of its invention.
—NextTribe, Book of the Moment
Dazzling. A fascinating...take on the relationship between motherhood and literary ambition.
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.
New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress
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 Wonder Valley and Visitation Street