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 task, her lifestyles within the Boston suburbs—to commute to London and choose 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 talking. eager to aid 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 immense, a few small. Peeling again the layers of her friend’s existence, Ellie is compelled to confront her personal to boot: the wedding she left in the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And by surprise Ellie’s conscientiously built lifestyles 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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What happened. To Luce. ” If the media coverage is anything to go by—I can still hear that constant stirring outside, the news vans still lined up, the reporters waiting for a quote—it’s clear that Notting Hill is not known for its murder rate. The sidewalks are filled with children going off to day schools, the girls in tartan kilts and straw hats, the boys in suits and ties. Seems impossible that what happened to Lucy happened to her here. ” “So, the family liaison officer has cut us a deal with the reporters.

It’s a tragedy, what happened. No doubt about it. But though Lucy may have been selfish—there is no question about that either—even I think she wasn’t selfish enough to expect you to give up your life if something happened to her. ” He sees everything with a clarity—a clarity wrung of all emotion—and then trusts in what he sees. It wouldn’t occur to him that it’s inappropriate to mention Lucy’s selfishness right now, so soon after her passing. In his mind, her selfishness is a fact, and to state otherwise, regardless of the circumstances, would be akin to lying.

A statement, not a question. “Not really. I’m just going to take it day by day and see what happens. I may be home soon. ” “I know I’m asking a lot, Phillip. I know that. But I need to be here. ” “Okay, I can do that. ” And here’s the thing about Phillip. ” 8 I’m analyzing whether to vote for Kelly or Stephanie, who are both up for eviction on Big Brother UK—an important decision, since it will cost me two dollars to vote and both deserve to be kicked off the show—when my real-life brother, Mikey, calls.

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