After the Fire

After the Fire

Synopsis

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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Chapters

  • 001 - After the Fire
    Duration: 37s
  • 002 - Preface
    Duration: 08min
  • 003 - A Question of Gender
    Duration: 01min
  • 004 - Morning
    Duration: 02min
  • 005 - Bitter Fruit
    Duration: 02min
  • 006 - Shifting Gears
    Duration: 02min
  • 007 - Strangers
    Duration: 03min
  • 008 - Choices
    Duration: 03min
  • 009 - Best Friends
    Duration: 01min
  • 010 - Misgivings
    Duration: 02min
  • 011 - Portrait
    Duration: 03min
  • 012 - Entrapment
    Duration: 02min
  • 013 - Idle Coversation
    Duration: 04min
  • 014 - Homestead Revisited
    Duration: 02min
  • 015 - The Rival
    Duration: 01min
  • 016 - Missed Connections
    Duration: 01min
  • 017 - Hiddend Agenda
    Duration: 01min
  • 018 - Breakage
    Duration: 03min
  • 019 - Dirge
    Duration: 03min
  • 020 - Watershed
    Duration: 02min
  • 021 - Moving Out
    Duration: 01min
  • 022 - The Collector
    Duration: 02min
  • 023 - Conversation on a Front Porch
    Duration: 03min
  • 024 - Why
    Duration: 02min
  • 025 - Insomnia
    Duration: 02min
  • 026 - Undying Love
    Duration: 01min
  • 027 - After the Fire
    Duration: 03min
  • 028 - Unilateral Disarmament
    Duration: 02min
  • 029 - Death Sentence
    Duration: 02min
  • 030 - Vigil
    Duration: 03min
  • 031 - Death After Divorce
    Duration: 01min
  • 032 - Missing Condolence
    Duration: 01min
  • 033 - Mother's Day 1983
    Duration: 02min
  • 034 - Building a Legend
    Duration: 01min
  • 035 - Kindred Spirit
    Duration: 02min
  • 036 - Fog
    Duration: 01min
  • 037 - Walking Wounded
    Duration: 01min
  • 038 - Maiden Names
    Duration: 03min
  • 039 - Changing Times
    Duration: 01min
  • 040 - Interim
    Duration: 01min
  • 041 - Daybreak
    Duration: 02min
  • 042 - Benediction
    Duration: 02min
  • 043 - Postscript
    Duration: 03min
  • 044 - Credits
    Duration: 56s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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