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The Ascent of Isaac Steward

(2011)
(The first book in the Dandelion series)
A novel by

 
 
Literary surrealism at its most profound, The Ascent of Isaac Steward follows one man's journey into his own mind as he struggles to come to terms with the trauma that has reshaped his life.
A year on from the car crash in which his wife Rebekah and son Esau were killed and his other son Jacob left in a coma, Isaac Steward has suppressed every memory of that fateful day. Yet fate seems determined to make him remember, driving Isaac deeper and deeper into himself. Slowly, dysfunction builds on delusion, as childhood memories compete with a persona he has fabricated to regress to an earlier, happier time. Violence, death and destruction result as Isaac gradually loses his grip on reality. His half-brother Ishmael tells him that he must return to the wood at his childhood home, to a tree he called The Dandelion Tree, if he is ever to be reunited with Rebekah. But as he descends further, he starts to question his own existence.

The Ascent of Isaac Steward is the first book in the Dandelion Trilogy. The second book, Blue Friday, is also available. The concluding book of the trilogy, Convergence, will be available soon.

Originally published by Cauliay Publishing in 2011, The Ascent of Isaac Steward has been released by Elsewhen Press in this new revised digital edition which will also be available in paperback in August 2013
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What people have said about The Ascent of Isaac Steward:

Moving and lyrical, original and hypnotic a remarkable debut novel.
MICHAEL KIMBALL, Dear Everybody

Reminiscent of the surrealist literary experiments of James Joyce's
Finnegan's Wake but blessedly readable The Ascent of Isaac Steward is insanely ambitious, startlingly odd, boldly conceived and executed with tremendous confidence. One of the most extraordinary novels I've
ever read.
R.N. MORRIS, A Razor Wrapped in Silk

A real neo-modernist triumph
JUXTABOOK

Powerful evocative beautifully clear impressions and images.
BOOKLORE

Linguistically this is a powerfully done novel, with exquisite prose and an interesting psychological premise that raises strong questions about the
power of internal cognition.
THE COMPULSIVE READER

A richness and abundance of imagination and originality, beauty of
imagery, tenderness, vividness and page after page of surprise and variety.
THE LANCASHIRE WRITING HUB

A must for everyone's bucket-list if you are looking for a totally unique experience.
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"One of the most extraordinary novels i have ever read." - R N Morris


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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ascent of Isaac Steward
Author(s): Mike French
ISBN: 0-9568810-1-7 / 978-0-9568810-1-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cauliay Publishing & Distribution
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ascent of Isaac Steward (Dandelion Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Mike French
Publisher: Elsewhen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU