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
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
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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