Ash Wednesday is Ethan Hawke's second novel.Yes...that Ethan Hawke, the actor, from Dead Poets Society, RealityBites, Training Day and a bunch of other movies. The author'sunderstanding of dramatic structure and ear for dialogue are showcasedin this book.
The story is a simple journey with two people going from point A topoint B. The two people are Jimmy, an AWOL Army soldier and Christy, hispregnant girlfriend.
The book is similar to John Updike's RabbitRun. The protagonist Jimmy is taking his firstdifficult steps into adulthood. The author uses great dialog and sceneimagery to develop the story's conflicts as Jimmy and Christy journey.While the story is gripping and well written, it is not in the sameleague as Rabbit Run.
Perhaps that's an unfair comparison, but the trials Jimmy and Christygo through fail to make them likable characters.
This is a good book, well written and entertaining. I do recommend it.Here is a sample of the dialog: