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After the Fire - A Memoir in Poetry and Prose-logo

After the Fire - A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

J. A. Jance

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Length:

1h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:43


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:57