Nominated by:

Winnipeg Public Library, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Harper Collins, UK

The Borough Press

Flatiron Books

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

Cherise Wolas      

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’ gorgeous debut introduces an indelible heroine candid about her struggles and unapologetic in her ambition.

About the author

Cherise Wolas lives in New York City with her husband. She is the author of two novels, The
Resurrection of Joan Ashby and The Family Tabor.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby: This brilliant debut novel will resonate with anyone who has faced a difficult, life-changing decision; it will resonate profoundly with any woman who has faced the decision to raise children and found herself, years later, miles away from her early creative passion and identity.

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