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After You by Julie Buxbaum
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Jul 01, 2009

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Ellie and Lucy have been best friends since they were four years old. Their lives have diverged – Lucy has always been the glamorous one, and she lives an upscale life with her husband and daughter in London, while Ellie has stayed close to home in a Boston suburb, where she is an adjunct professor – but they have remained extremely close. When Lucy is murdered, Ellie leaves her husband and job behind to take care of Lucy’s 8-year-old daughter, Sophie. Ellie finds out secrets about Lucy’s life, and also comes to understand that she has been in an emotional stasis for the past two years, since her son’s death in utero. Healing begins as Ellie and Sophie read The Secret Garden together, and Ellie gropes through suddenly becoming a parent-figure.
I enjoyed this quite a bit. Buxbaum allows her characters to be indecisive and to act stupid without becoming unsympathetic. On the negative side, Ellie’s family is a little too preciously kooky, and things fall into place a little too easily at the end, but it nonetheless makes for a satisfying read.

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Julia Congrats! Can't wait to hear how you like it!

Julie It arrived today - I'll read it next.

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