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By Ethan Hawke

From the actor, director, and author Ethan Hawke: a piercing novel of affection, marriage, and renewal.

Jimmy is AWOL from the military, but—with attribute fierceness and terror—he’s approximately to embark at the greatest dedication of his existence. Christy is pregnant with Jimmy’s baby, and she’s made up our minds to move domestic, without or with Jimmy, to resist her previous and get ready for the long run. one way or the other, barreling throughout the US from Albany to New Orleans to Ohio and Texas in a souped-up Chevy Nova, Christy and Jimmy are remodeled from passionate yet conflicted fanatics right into a younger relations on a powerful journey.

Ash Wednesday is a singular of blazing emotion and memorable grace, a story that captures the intensity—the pleasure, worry, and joy—of being at the threshold of the mysterious nation of marriage and parenthood. robust, guaranteed, huge of center, and punctuated by way of moments of super humor, it represents, for Hawke the novelist, a big step forward.

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