Kaylie Jones' novels are a pure joy to read, and Celeste Ascending is splendid!
-Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
Celeste Ascending is a luminous portrait of a young woman confronted by contradictions: the chasm between longing and contentment, the material sickness of American culture versus the ascetic life of the artist, and the hard fought scramble toward grace that necessitates facing the biggest contradiction of all, who we are and were versus who we are becoming and want to be.
-Robin Hemley, author of The Last Studebaker
Mesmerizing, absorbing - I felt I was hearing the confidences of a true friend.
-Tama Janowitz, author of A Certain Age
Celeste Ascending teaches us all the importance of telling ourselves the truth if we're ever to find our souls. In Celeste's journey to come to terms with her family, her men, her drinking, and her life, she shows us the perils of self deception and the rewards of bravery that start her on the road to herself. I was cheering for her all the way.
-Barbara Esstman, author of Night Ride Home
Kaylie Jones poetically, vividly, and skillfully creates a bell jar of a stifling rich world in a complicated heroine who smashes her way out. Jones is knowing about life, love, and the search for one's identity. She certainly has found her own.
-Barabara Goldsmith, author of Other Powers
Celeste's journey is irresistible and involving from the first page. She is both familiar and exceptionally brave - and the grandmother is magnifique!
-Alice Elliott, author of In The Gloaming