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Cherise Wolas

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Cherise Wolas' acclaimed debut novel, THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY, was a PEN/Debut Fiction Prize longlist selection, named a 2017 Best Novel and Best Debut Novel by Kirkus Reviews, a Top 10 First Novel of 2017 by Booklist, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, an Indie Next Great Reads pick, a Bookbrowse Editor's Choice, among other accolades, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Huffington Post, etc. Published in the US by Flatiron Books, in the UK by The Borough Press, it is forthcoming in France, Israel, Turkey, Poland, and other countries. Now also available in paperback in the US and UK.

BookPage named her one of the "11 Women to Watch in 2018."

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I think I was born with this particular superpower—to read voraciously and retain what I…more
Hi Jane!

Thank you for being my very first question here!

I think I was born with this particular superpower—to read voraciously and retain what I read, and I feel so lucky to have it.

Two books that have made a great impression on me in the last few years are 2666 by Roberto Bolano, his final book before he died, and The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Both are South American writers. Bolano was Chilean, Vasquez is Colombian.

2666 is massive, 900 pages, with a title that remains elusive (though apparently explained in another novel). It is a five-part narrative, each comprised of different characters and stories. Each part is amazing, but it’s only at the end do you start to realize each is like the spoke of wheel, and you begin to see how the spokes unite, see that it is a wheel. It is a stylistically rich literary labyrinth that defies categorization, and yet, perhaps unbelievably, it is easy to read. It mesmerized me, and I plan to read it again.

The Sound of Things Falling by Vasquez, at 320 pages, seems like a novella in comparison. It is an exploration of the ways in which stories profoundly affect lives, and how the stories of others affect us. When I finished it, I promptly read all of Vasquez’s other novels and collections.

Neither of these marvelous novels influenced The Resurrection of Joan Ashby; I read them after writing it. But perhaps I’m so enamored with them (and am always recommending them) because their themes resonate intensely with me both as a reader and as a writer who explores narratives within narratives and the interrelationship of things. They are different but equally fabulous writers for whom the actual writing is as important as the plot, which it what I strive for too.


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I’m so pleased you loved The Resurrection of Joan Ashby! And so pleased too that you loved Joan Ashby’s short stories. Ah, you want to…more

Hi Ilene Harris,
I’m so pleased you loved The Resurrection of Joan Ashby! And so pleased too that you loved Joan Ashby’s short stories. Ah, you want to know what happens to Silas and Abe, the twins abandoned at birth, lovingly fostered, and then sent away on their 18th birthdays. Maybe, one day, they will have their own book. And yes, I am writing more books and thrilled that I will have you as a reader! (less)
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“Joan thinks then that writers have infinite choices and mothers nearly no choice at all.”
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“Treacheries experienced in childhood are among the most difficult to overcome, or to forgive, as are dreams crushed when one is too young.”
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“Joan Ashby is one of our most astonishing writers, a master of words whose profound characters slip free of the page...”
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“When asked 'Do you think great things are ahead of you or behind you?' Harry had replied, 'The past no longer exists, there is only the future, whatever it may hold,' and something about his answer to that consideration of mystical simplicity has continued to give him pause”
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“The middle seat holds an old woman, teeny, not much bigger than a doll. She is creased and wrinkled and rheumy-eyed. Her eyes, though, beneath their cloudy scrim, sparkle like emeralds. And she is bright. She is very bright. Her cheeks rouged a happy pink. Her sweater a hot pink, the vibrant color masking the heavy load on her sloped, thin shoulders.”
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“A bright red car whizzes past. She is like that car, carrying herself with spangle and spark, but the strength that has long held her up is weakening.”
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