After the Fire: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

After the Fire: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

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by J. A. Jance
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's heartrending collection of poetry and essays recounts a dark chapter of her own life, her first marriage to an alcoholic—a powerful look at the emotional cost of addiction and an inspiring story of courage and triumph in the wake of crushing defeat

Before she found fame as a bestselling mystery

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New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance's heartrending collection of poetry and essays recounts a dark chapter of her own life, her first marriage to an alcoholic—a powerful look at the emotional cost of addiction and an inspiring story of courage and triumph in the wake of crushing defeat

Before she found fame as a bestselling mystery author, Judith Jance wrestled with the anguish of being married to an alcoholic. For years she channeled her pain into words, composing the poems in this moving volume, first published in 1984, a year before her debut novel.

In searing and direct language, After the Fire chronicles the collapse of Jance's first marriage under the weight of her husband's addiction—and her own unwitting denial and codependence while she struggled to find herself. "I will not be the price of your redemption," she wrote then. "I will not pay my life to ransom yours."

An intimate, deeply personal look into a wrenching time in Jance's life, After the Fire is a portrait of addiction and its insidious effects on lives and love. It illuminates universal truths about unbearable loss and finding the courage to carry on, and offers inspiration and profound insight into the heart and work of a beloved bestselling author.

Editorial Reviews

"Accompanied by Jance's thoughtful and heartfelt narration, this edition of After the Fire becomes a testimonial to emotional survival and offers quiet but powerful encouragement to others who might find themselves in similar situations." —The Bookmonger"Showcases a spirit who has endured failure, tasted success, and accumulated an enviable store of wisdom in the process." —Seattle Times"Fans will love it. It’s a nice insight into the workings of a creative mind." —Arizona Daily Star

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062293978
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
745,827
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bellevue, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 27, 1944
Place of Birth:
Watertown, South Dakota
Education:
B. A., University of Arizona, 1966; M. Ed. in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1970
Website:
http://www.jajance.com/

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After the Fire: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Although I don't normally read books written in poetry or prose, I couldn't pass this one up being as it came from an author who I have greatly enjoyed and I love to read about authors.   For me, a reader who doesn't do poetry much, the added benefit of her telling the story behind the poem, about the time and setting with which it was written was perfect! It was simple, small and perfect to read in one sitting.  I wouldn't mind reading more of these biographies of authors that I enjoy.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I recently met J.A. Jance at a booksigning event; she shared some her life experiences. This memoir in poetry and prose, After the Fire, captures many of her heart-breaking stories and her ability to have been touched by fire, and yet rise above the ashes.