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Ash Wednesdayby Ethan Hawke
Synopses & Reviews
From the multitalented actor and writer Ethan Hawke: a piercing novel of love, marriage, and renewal.
Jimmy is AWOL from the army, but — with characteristic fierceness and terror — he's about to embark on the biggest commitment of his life. Christy is pregnant with Jimmy's child, and she's determined to head home, with or without Jimmy, to face up to her past and prepare for the future. Somehow, barreling across America from Albany to New Orleans to Ohio and Texas in a souped-up Chevy Nova, Christy and Jimmy are transformed from passionate but conflicted lovers into a young family on a magnificent journey.
Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures the intensity — the excitement, fear, and joy — of being on the threshold of the mysterious country of marriage and parenthood. Powerful, assured, and large of heart, punctuated by moments of tremendous humor, it represents, for Hawke the novelist, a major leap forward.
"Employing his ear for dialogue as a rudder and his insight into character as a turbo, Ethan Hawke skillfully narrates the roiling waters of the twentysomething heart." Tom Robbins
"The novel's conversational tone, dual first-person narration and, above all, direct exploration of the simple truths of life and love make this a worthwhile tale and an honest one, sufficient to make most readers look forward to Hawke's next." Publishers Weekly
"Hawke's witty narrative . . . presents us with a pair of lively and surprisingly earnest pilgrims." The New York Times Book Review
"Unfolds pretty much the way a book should, tracing a herky-jerk romance from Albany, New York, to New Orleans and Texas in a bizarrely mature narrative — straight, unapologetic, even funny." Esquire
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