A hilarious tale of mystery, adventure and the search for freedom in a complex and fascinating afterlife, where angels and humans struggle to navigate their own weaknesses. Purgatory is in trouble. In a bureaucratic Astral existence where science, theology and utter confusion are entwined, something is preventing the dead from ascending. Following her own untimely death by house fire, Alice Shepherd has found herself a nice, sensible job as an administrator at the Office of Transition, where she can work to earn enough virtue to finally rest in peace. But when the power-hungry Mayor Jagger T. Fleisch demands she conceals obvious corruption, Alice takes action to set things straight. This could be her one chance to redeem herself from an awful secret, still burning in her gut like steely battery acid. Can Alice unclog a corrupt system before the streets are overrun by dead people? And what happens when two drunk guardian angels accidentally open the doors to Hell? Following a childhood in Norway, E. A. A. Wilson returned to her native England to study Criminology and Journalism, reigniting an old passion for writing about the odd and unusual. Instead of indulging her passion, however, she made the sensible choice to nurture a career in business strategy. Working with government agencies, she became deft at filling in many forms and producing numerous reports, most of which have been filed away securely.
After nearly a decade of sharpening pencils and resolving printer jams, E. A. A. Wilson discovered that she was, in fact, a writer imprisoned in a bureaucrat's body. She left her purgatory to pursue her dreams. In 2011 she settled in Florida with her husband Matt and baby daughter Olivia, and immediately started writing. She has penned several short stories and essays under the collection The Foible.
Ascension Denied is E. A. A. Wilson's first novel.
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Masterfully well-written, thrilling and thought-provoking, this is easily the most entertaining book I have ever read. I have laughed my socks off in between the many moments of awe where I wish I had just an ounce of the author's storytelling abilities. Piercingly satirical, one of the best things about the book is that just behind the surface lies the truth about our devastatingly banal human ways and our journey to reconnect with the divine. Don't read this book in public if you can't handle the stares when you guffaw and snort. Also, don't read if you don't have a healthy sense of humor.
This is a roaringly funny and deeply thought out novel on the vicissitudes of life and the after life. It will leave you laughing and snorting into your tea, as well as make you ponder your existence in this life and the next. I feel it is the next big summer blockbuster, so I recommend getting it today... Why wait!