On Sale: September 10, 2013
Featuring: Judith 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 alcoholicâ€”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 addictionâ€”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
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