New PDF release: After You (Random House Reader's Circle)

By Julie Buxbaum

ISBN-10: 0440338581

ISBN-13: 9780440338581

Whilst tragedy moves around the ocean, Ellie Lerner drops everything—her marriage, her task, her existence within the Boston suburbs—to commute to London and decide up the items of her ally Lucy’s existence. whereas Lucy’s husband, Greg, retreats into himself, his and Lucy’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, has easily stopped conversing. eager to support Sophie, Ellie turns to a publication that gave her convenience as a baby, The mystery Garden. As its tale of damage, magic, and therapeutic blooms round them, so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some vast, a few small. Peeling again the layers of her friend’s lifestyles, Ellie is compelled to confront her personal besides: the wedding she left at the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And by surprise Ellie’s conscientiously developed life is spinning uncontrolled in a sequence of occasions that may rework her life—and the lives of these round her—forever.

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So the suspension passes; new mute Sophie is back. “Okay, I’ve got to tell you something before we start. This isn’t like reading your Nancy Drew or even Ramona. Quimby You only get to read The Secret Garden for the first time once. This is my favorite book, and now I’m sharing it with you. But this is the thing. Are you ready for it, Soph? ” Her eyes widen, and her nod is solemn. Excitement and challenge in the set of her jaw. “Let’s shake on it,” I say, and so we do, and this adds some gravity to the moment.

I didn’t mean … By the way, did you give Sophie that fake thumb I got her? ” Phillip, too, has relished his role as de facto godfather, especially because Sophie shares his childhood love of magic. He loves to send her surprise gifts for obscure holidays—Groundhog Day, Bastille Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, the Sox winning the World Series. Often, he’ll send something for no reason at all, and I’ll find out only later, when Lucy and Sophie call to say thank you. “Yeah, I did. She liked it, I think.

French, I think. His speech is overly polite, perhaps to make up for the fact that his presence is not. Unlike the others, he doesn’t have a notebook or a pen or a cameraman backing him up. “May I ask you a question? Please? Off the record, of course,” he says to me, though he is looking at Sophie. Examining this portrait of grief. “Who are you? ” I don’t answer him; suppress my desire to scream back, to rip into him, tear someone down. I pretend like I can’t hear or see or speak. Borrow Sophie’s tactics.

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