J.A. Jance, the author of numerous mysteries including the J.P. Beaumont and Sheriff Joanna Brady series, has written a memoir, "After the Fire." (William Morrow, 106 pages)
First published in 1984, the work is a searing catharsis of one who has experienced the immense pain of being married to an alcoholic. The cruelty of giving one's life to a man who was both an addict and unfaithful, comes pouring out in prose and poetry.
Ironically, it was her first husband who swore that he would be the only writer in their household. He was accepted in a creative writing course at the University of Arizona which was barred to her on account of her sex.
But her husband would spiral into alcohol addiction and die in his forties. Yet, from the pain of this broken home, there would come a successful author - the surviving wife, Judith.
In this poignant journal, the author reveals the pain of being a woman. In a profound cry from the heart, she writes of being lied to, cheated on, discriminated against, exploited, etc.
But from the ashes of a fire which nearly consumed her, there arouse a new and stronger woman who would become a prolific and successful writer and would enter into a loving and supportive second marriage.
Here is a book for the many women struggling in life and looking for a better "second act."