After the Fire: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

After the Fire: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

J. A. Jance


New York Times bestselling writer J. A. Jance's heartrending selection of poetry and essays recounts a depressing bankruptcy of her personal existence, her first marriage to an alcoholic—a robust examine the emotional price of dependancy and an inspiring tale of braveness and triumph within the wake of crushing defeat

Before she chanced on repute as a bestselling secret writer, Judith Jance wrestled with the ache of being married to an alcoholic. For years she channeled her soreness into phrases, composing the poems during this relocating quantity, first released in 1984, a yr ahead of her debut novel.

In searing and direct language, After the Fire chronicles the cave in of Jance's first marriage lower than the load of her husband's addiction—and her personal unwitting denial and codependence whereas she struggled to discover herself. "I usually are not the cost of your redemption," she wrote then. "I won't pay my lifestyles to ransom yours."

An intimate, deeply own investigate a wrenching time in Jance's lifestyles, After the Fire is a portrait of habit and its insidious results on lives and love. It illuminates common truths approximately insufferable loss and discovering the braveness to hold on, and gives concept and profound perception into the guts and paintings of a liked bestselling author.

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