After You (Random House Reader's Circle) by Julie Buxbaum
By Julie Buxbaum
While tragedy moves around the ocean, Ellie Lerner drops everything—her marriage, her activity, her existence within the Boston suburbs—to trip to London and decide up the items of her ally Lucy’s lifestyles. whereas Lucy’s husband, Greg, retreats into himself, his and Lucy’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, has easily stopped conversing. desirous to support Sophie, Ellie turns to a booklet that gave her convenience as a toddler, The mystery Garden. As its tale of damage, magic, and therapeutic blooms round them, so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some giant, a few small. Peeling again the layers of her friend’s lifestyles, Ellie is compelled to confront her personal in addition: the wedding she left in the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And all of sudden Ellie’s conscientiously built life is spinning uncontrolled in a series of occasions that might rework her life—and the lives of these round her—forever.
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I’ll bring one back. ” My husband is the sort of man who knows what is available in Williams-Sonoma. He also knows a great restaurant you must try in Napa, how the dollar is doing against the yuan, and which fish are on the PETA do-not-eat list. “That’s good. ” “You know, that thing. Where you make not-so-funny jokes because you don’t know what else to do. I am worried about you. ” “I’m making you nervous? Try being here. Try being in this house. ” I raise my voice for a moment and then bring it under control; my emotions are too close to the surface, jumbled and raw.
Each crisp item on a small hanger, grouped by category. T-shirts with other T-shirts, long-sleeved kept separate from short-sleeved. The colors are bright and childlike, a rainbow of soft pastels. When did Lucy get so organized? When we were roommates for those two requisite postcollegiate years in New York—two years of beery nights on Avenue C in Alphabet City—she never got off the couch without leaving something behind: a single sock, a crusty wineglass, sometimes even a pair of underwear. Maybe having kids really does change a person.
When we were roommates for those two requisite postcollegiate years in New York—two years of beery nights on Avenue C in Alphabet City—she never got off the couch without leaving something behind: a single sock, a crusty wineglass, sometimes even a pair of underwear. Maybe having kids really does change a person. I remember Lucy saying after Sophie was born that all the clichés existed for a reason, that once you have a child everything is different. “You’ll understand one day, L. I think until you have one of your own, you won’t really get it,” she had said, doing that thing she did every once in a while that made me feel like she got a secret joy from being one step ahead.