Ash WednesdayWydawnictwo: Knopf
INTRODUCING James Heartsock, a soldier who's done his best to lose his girl; and Christy Ann Walker, his dumped and pregnant lover, heading west on an Adirondack Trailways bus. Armed with only a ring and a prayer, Jimmy takes his Chevy Nova and goes AWOL, determined to win back the only good thing he's ever had. But Christy is as scared at the prospect of a life with him as one without. Just...
How does anyone, ever, make it down the aisle? Can Jimmy stop looking vainly into mirrors, taking recreational drugs, or blaming his father for committing suicide — will he ever grow up? Christy is terrified, not so much that she's going to have a baby, but because if she takes on Jimmy Heartsock, she may end up with two. Can she stop feeling that their fate together is to break each other's hearts, that there is a glass wall between her and the world, and that her Texan politician father could avert any calamity — if only she deserved it? This is a couple so afraid of falling that it might be easier to jump. Will they, won't they mess this thing up?
As the unforgettable lovers drive across America, confronting family history, personal hang-ups and questions they've never even asked each other before — about faith, death and learning how to live — the reader is caught up in a sensationally moving, funny and nail-biting drama of love in our time. It's a story that leaves only one question unanswered: is there anything more terrifying than being in love?