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The Ascent of Isaac Steward

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Literary surrealism at its most profound, The Ascent of Isaac Steward follows one man's journey into his own mind as he struggles to come to terms with the trauma that has reshaped his life.
A year on from the car crash in which his wife Rebekah and son Esau were killed and his other son Jacob left in a coma, Isaac Steward has suppressed every memory of that fateful day. Ye
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published April 19th 2013 by Elsewhen Press (first published June 16th 2011)
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Kathleen Maher
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend Mike French, founder of The View from Here, (an online literary magazine) has written a fascinating, dreamlike novel. "the ascent of isaac steward" chronicles the inner life of a man on the verge of death, the story traverses the physical and spiritual, real and imagined, popular culture and sacred—in other words, life as we experience it Perhaps most impressively, it conveys the beauty of world and the glory of heaven.
The narrative unfolds in three acts, slowly revealing its true mea
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Note! This review is based on the revised edition of
The Ascent of Isaac Steward (Elsewhen Press, 2013).

Mike French's The Ascent of Isaac Steward is the first novel of The Dandelion Trilogy. The second novel in this trilogy is Blue Friday and the third novel, which will be published later this year, is Convergence.

I can honestly say that The Ascent of Isaac Steward is one of the most imaginative, extraordinary and challenging novels I've ever read. It's a fan
Issac's wifeRebekah and son Esau have died in a terrible car accident. His other son Jacob is in the hospital in a coma - a persistent vegitative state that doesn't look like ending in a wakening. Issac visits Jacob every day to read to him. Somehow in the past, a year has gone by in this slightly cataonic but functional stage, but the novel opens as Isaac begins to unravel, opening his subsconcious to a range of haunting memories that come and go almost without boundaries, working through a ran ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the captivating story of Isaac, a man swamped by grief and guilt following a car accident that killed his wife and one of his twin sons, leaving the other on a life support machine.

Written in the third person, this highly original narrative weaves in and out of the depths of Isaac's chaotic mind. Immersed in Isaac's bizarre inner world, it is difficult to differentiate between the past and the present, those dead and those alive, what is real and what exists only in the recesses of his
Simon West-Bulford
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edward J. Rathke
I don't think I can ever recall reading such a surreal piece of fiction.
The narrative slips in and out of different realities more times than the average human blinks in a day, which makes it extremely difficult to follow, and there was no pay off in revelation at the end. But that said, I got the impression as I made my way through, that understanding would only be the happy by-product of appreciating this book. The imagery is captivating, the undertone is an ominous foreshadowing of grief, and
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Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was re