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 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 publication 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 besides: the wedding she left at the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And without notice Ellie’s conscientiously developed lifestyles is spinning uncontrolled in a series of occasions that may remodel her life—and the lives of these round her—forever.
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So you can see what they look like. And where I live, the houses aren’t attached to one another like they are here. But you already know all this. Remember when you came last year for the Fourth of July? That was fun. I swear you seem so much more grown-up now. ” Just a few weeks ago, Lucy had canceled our annual tradition with vague excuses, something about work being too busy. I told her I understood, that it wasn’t a big deal, that we’d do it some other time soon. Meaningless platitudes to cover up my tangible disappointment.
That kids often go quiet for a while in the wake of a traumatic loss. Their only way of exerting control in a world in which they clearly have none. It’s been only twenty-nine hours since Lucy’s funeral, an event so improbable that pretending still works. Surreal, too, like the news vans that are idling out front of her house, waiting for a sound bite. I want to scoop Sophie up into my arms and let her cry into my shoulder, but she is not the sort of kid you just scoop up. She would know that I was doing it more for my comfort than for hers.
This is about their family. ” I have had two big love affairs in my thirty-five years, and both were with Phillip. Sometimes, when I think back to those times, of being so infatuated I couldn’t see anything else but him, I can almost distinguish between the first and the second time, between young PhillipandEllie and older PhillipandEllie, though the memories and our photographs from both eras contain the same patina of shamelessness: saying words you should never say aloud, like forever or no, I love you more or to the moon and back, babe, to the moon and back.