“A touching coming-of-age tale.... A strong story with an engaging protagonist.”—Kirkus
"The Wildest Sun
is an epic quest for identity and a tender search for selfhood as a woman and a writer. Asha Lemmie is a master of the heart and with her we meet the vulnerable Delphine as she searches for the larger-than-life man who might be her father. Through decades and across continents, The Wildest Sun
is an inspiring and compelling novel. Lemmie’s insightful observations into the writers life with its hopes, fears, and creativity is the lifeblood of this courageous journey for the truth.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times Bestselling author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea
"From France to Cuba, from war to revolution, The Wildest Sun
is a moving meditation on the stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves, and how we break free of the past in order to write a brighter future. Simply marvelous!" —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library
“A portrait of a young woman finding herself amidst personal and historical turmoil, The Wildest Sun
is bristling with courage, yet tender with vulnerability. Asha Lemmie, like her protagonist Delphine, is proving to the world that she is a literary force as she comes into her own with her astonishingly creative and accomplished sophomore epic."
—Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Other Birds
“The Wildest Sun
is a gripping portrait of the artist as a young woman that lays bare the complexities of family trauma, fraught inheritance, and creative ambition. While chasing the famous father whom she views as a lodestar across oceans and time in the post-WWII years, the protagonist Delphine Auber Hemingway must ultimately learn that she, too, shines. With a deeply satisfying ending revealing of life’s core truths, The Wildest Sun shows how even amid personal loss and political tumult, art can be a life companion, loyal to the end.”—Tiya Miles, National Book Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of All That She Carried and The Cherokee Rose
“Lemmie follows up her smash debut Fifty Words for Rain
with a poetic and moving portrayal of Delphine Auber, a lost young woman searching for the man she needs to believe is her father: Ernest Hemingway. Rarely has a literary protagonist grown on this reader more, as Delphine builds a new family for herself in post-war America and pre-revolutionary Cuba, and commits to her own unique gifts in life. The Wildest Sun
is an entrancing and wonderfully surprising novel that explores the burden of memory, the bounty of the past and the true source of all great endeavor: ourselves.” —Natalie Jenner, internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society
"Asha Lemmie’s THE WILDEST SUN is an entrancing exploration of the way stories shape our lives – the stories we read and the stories we tell, even to ourselves. Steeped in a rich and fascinating history and written with a fine lyricism, this book is sure to be a hit with individual readers and book clubs alike."
—Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Agent