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About this title From the actor and writer Ethan Hawke: a piercing novel of love, marriage, and renewal. Somehow, barreling across America from Albany to New Orleans to Ohio and Texas in a souped-up Chevy Nova, Christy and Jimmy are transformed from passionate but conflicted lovers into a young family on a magnificent journey. Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures the intensity-the excitement, fear, and joy-of being on the threshold of the mysterious country of marriage and parenthood. Powerful, assured, large of heart, and punctuated by moments of tremendous humor, it represents, for Hawke the novelist, a major leap forward. From the Publisher: Ash Wednesday is a novel of blazing emotion and remarkable grace, a tale that captures what it feels like to be on the verge of marriage and parenthood, at the threshold of life changes that are at once painful and wondrous. He has a sharp eye, a fluid storytelling voice and the imagination to create complicated individuals.

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Hawke, who was raised in New Jersey , began acting while in high school and at age 15 made his film debut in Explorers , playing a teenager who builds a spaceship. In he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University to study drama but dropped out after a few months to take a role as a prep school student in Dead Poets Society The film, which also starred Robin Williams as a charismatic English teacher, was a critical success.

Three years later he starred opposite Uma Thurman in the sci-fi thriller Gattaca; the couple married in and divorced in He then starred as the title character in Hamlet , a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare play. He continued to collaborate with Linklater in the chamber piece Tape , the ensemble-based Fast Food Nation , and the Before Sunrise sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight , both of which he cowrote; the two screenplays netted him Oscar nominations. For his performance, Hawke earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.

Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. His credits from included The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the classic western , and Maudie, about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. Hawke also was featured in the horror movies Daybreakers , Sinister , and The Purge He later starred as a small-town reverend who faces a moral crisis when he counsels a radical environmentalist in First Reformed In Hawke portrayed a middle-aged former rock star in the romantic comedy Juliet, Naked, based on a novel by Nick Hornby , and played an eccentric bank robber in Stockholm , a farce about the hostage situation that gave rise to the term Stockholm syndrome.

That year he also cowrote and directed Blaze, a biopic about a little-known folk musician. The film was lauded for its unconventional narrative. Movies from included The Kid, wherein Hawke played a sheriff on the trail of a notorious outlaw. While maintaining his career in film, Hawke worked extensively in the theatre. In —14 he appeared in the title role in a revival of Macbeth. Hawke also acted in Off-Broadway productions of plays by Chekhov, Shepard , and David Rabe and won an Obie Award for his portrayal of an ex-marine contending with his dysfunctional family in Blood from a Stone In addition, Hawke was the author of the novels The Hottest State ; film , Ash Wednesday , and the epistolary parable Rules for a Knight Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.

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Hawke, who was raised in New Jersey , began acting while in high school and at age 15 made his film debut in Explorers , playing a teenager who builds a spaceship. In he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University to study drama but dropped out after a few months to take a role as a prep school student in Dead Poets Society The film, which also starred Robin Williams as a charismatic English teacher, was a critical success. Three years later he starred opposite Uma Thurman in the sci-fi thriller Gattaca; the couple married in and divorced in He then starred as the title character in Hamlet , a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare play. He continued to collaborate with Linklater in the chamber piece Tape , the ensemble-based Fast Food Nation , and the Before Sunrise sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight , both of which he cowrote; the two screenplays netted him Oscar nominations.

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Dec 25, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing How can characters who are so multi-layered and so well-developed somehow be problematic? The problem is that the two characters at the center of this book -- the fledgling couple Jimmy and Christy -- are flaky or eccentric if you prefer a term with a positive connotation. The problem is that eccentric people are always interesting -- but for arbitrary reasons. They are quitting jobs, doing drugs, getting married, quitting drugs, finding God, cleaning up their bad habits, starting up new bad How can characters who are so multi-layered and so well-developed somehow be problematic? They are quitting jobs, doing drugs, getting married, quitting drugs, finding God, cleaning up their bad habits, starting up new bad habits, all for reasons that are hard to relate to. Both characters are likable in their own ways, but this likeability is overwhelmed by their unlikeable flakiness. Flaky characters present a particularly difficult problem for fiction.

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