Is there anything more terrifying than being in love? Jimmy Heartsock is so afraid of losing his love Christy, he is going AWOL from the army and chasing after her in order to propose marriage - in a frozen car park. Christy is terrified, not so much that she's going to have a baby, but because if she takes on Jimmy, she may end up with two. As the unforgettable lovers drive across America, confronting family history, personal hang-ups and questions they've never even asked each other before - about faith, death and learning how to live - the reader is caught up in a sensationally moving, funny and nail-biting drama of love in our time.
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Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures what it feels like to be on the verge of marriage and parenthood, at the threshold of life changes that are at once painful and wondrous.From the Back Cover:
“Hawke demonstrates a maturity of style and vision [and] a compelling sense of detail.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Hawke’s witty narrative . . . presents us with a pair of lively and surprisingly earnest pilgrims.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Succeeds because of a kind of rolling exuberance of style that carries one along a narrative freeway with no exits. Once you’re on, you’re on.” —Larry McMurtry
“[Hawke] displays a novelist’s innate gifts. He has a sharp eye, a fluid storytelling voice and the imagination to create complicated individuals.” —The New York Times
“Ethan Hawke is a gifted novelist. This, his second novel, follows the intense
romance and marriage of two smart, feeling, articulate young lovers.” –The Boston Globe
“Hawke not only does the basics well, with deft physical descriptions and sharp dialogue, but has an eye for weird, surrealistic situations with a kernel of poetic seriousness. . . . A marvelous novel.” –London Daily Telegraph
“Employing his ear for dialogue as a rudder and his insight into character as a turbo, Ethan Hawke skillfully navigates the roiling waters of the twentysomething heart.” –Tom Robbins
“An ambitious road novel.” –Newsday
“Hawke, at times, achieves pure poetry.” –Time Out New York
“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
“A fast-paced story laced with thoughtful meditations on such thorny issues as spirituality, self-acceptance, and what makes love last.” –Austin American Statesman
“[Hawke’s] got a focused, observant eye for realism and an attuned ear for language. . . . [He] is growing as an author, transforming himself into a novelist of interest.” –The Toronto Globe
“Passionate, spiritual, and ambitious.” –Glamour
“Hawke has become a novelist. . . . Ash Wednesday is the work of a real writer.” –The Boston Phoenix
“A provocative, sensual meditation on faith and marriage–think Denis Johnson by way of Sam Shepard.” –Pages
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0747574618