Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours
First Published: 2023
Following her New York Times bestselling debut Fifty Words for Rain, Asha Lemmie’s next sweeping and evocative novel follows a young woman escaping her past in postwar Paris as she searches for the larger-than-life man she believes to be her father.
When tragedy forces Delphine Auber, an aspiring writer on the cusp of adulthood, from her home in Paris, she seizes the opportunity to embark on the journey she’s long dreamed of: finding the father she has never known. But her quest is complicated by the fact that she believes her father to be famed literary luminary Ernest Hemingway, a man just as elusive as he is iconic. She desperately yearns for his approval, as both a daughter and a writer, convinced that he holds the key to who she’s truly meant to be. But what will happen if she is wrong, or if her real story falls outside of the legend of her parentage that she’s revered all her life?
The answer takes her from Paris to New York’s Harlem, to Havana and Key West, as Delphine fights to find her own triumphant place in the world and within herself, apart from the shadow of the myths she’s forged so strongly into her identity. Epically rendered as only Asha Lemmie’s vivid and lyrical voice can, The Wildest Sun is a dazzling and unexpected coming-of-age story about an unforgettable young woman who must come to terms with who she is and who she wants to be.
About Asha Lemmie
Asha Lemmie is an author whose works include Fifty Words for Rain and The Wildest Sun. She currently lives in New York City.