Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson
(Tin House New Voice)

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Asta in the Wings is the moving and often darkly funny story of Asta Hewitt, a resourceful seven-year-old and intrepid narrator growing up in an isolated house in Bond Brook, Maine. Shut off from the outside world and restricted to the company of a delusional mother and a bookish older brother, Asta is content to be part of a "society of three" constructing dramatic and fanciful worlds of their own. When circumstances push her into a strange outside world — with all of its discontents — Asta must find a way to assimilate while remaining true to herself and her fractured family. Jan Elizabeth Watson's debut novel puts her among the most promising new writers in the realm of imaginative literary fiction.

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Published February 1, 2009 by Tin House Books. 314 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seven-year-old Asta grows up in rural Maine in the late 1970s, where she and her sickly nine-year-old brother, Orion, are kept locked in their house by their crazy mother, who fills their heads with tales of the plague-ravaged wasteland waiting outside their door.

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Christian Science Monitor

Seven-year-old Asta Hewitt lives locked inside her boarded-up house with her older brother and her mother – living on canned goods as one of the few survivors of a plague that their mother tells them has decimated the population.

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Jan Elizabeth Watson’s debut novel, Asta in the Wings (Tin House, 2009), captures the peculiar insightfulness of childhood through her fearless seven-year-old narrator, Asta.

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Cape Ann Beacon

“You can conduct yourself as if you are watching a movie — with darkness closing in on all sides — or, choice number two, you can conduct yourself if you are acting in a movie, with your inner light guiding you all the way.” When the rupture occurs — Asta falls through a rotted floor while searc...

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