A bold, intelligent debut
Cherise Wolas Harper Collins €15.99
WHEN Joan Ashby, a precocious scribbler, is 13 she writes notes to herself in her diary on how to become a great writer. These governing principles include such salutary advice as “Avoid crushes and love,” “Do not entertain any offer of marriage,” “Never ever have children,” and “Never allow anyone to get in my way.”
Thus begins this astonishing first novel by Cherise Wolas, an incredible book that reads nothing like a debut, so self-assured the writing, so expansive and wholly immersive the plot.
Aged 21, eschewing love and motherhood in favour of writing, her first short story collection, Other Small Spaces is published and makes the bestseller list, winning the National Book Award. Four years later, she
FICTION The Resurrection of Joan Ashby