By DeLaune Michel
Hypnotic and wonderfully written, Aftermath of Dreaming is an incandescent first novel of odern existence and love. except the little challenge that she is waking up screaming in the midst of the evening, lifestyles is tremendous for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry-design occupation is starting off, she's again along with her sort-of boyfriend, and, better of all, she now not thinks approximately her once-in-a-lifetime love, overseas celeb Andrew Madden. till an opportunity come upon with him adjustments every little thing. Swept up through thoughts in their advanced courting, Yvette is plunged into an obsession with Andrew that finally forces her to confront the prior she proposal she had left in the back of. whilst, she is juggling the calls for of her bride-to-be sister and her male ally, who's jealous of alternative males, and concepts of her estranged father. Set opposed to the glittering worlds of l. a. and manhattan, and informed with either humor and pathos, Aftermath of Dreaming explores the common topics of abandonment, forgiveness, and letting cross.
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When Tim and I were halfway across the platform, I heard through the still-open train doors a long trill of Holly’s laughter descend into a distinctive wail; then the subway bell rang its two-note tone, the doors slid shut, and the train carried them off. The reverberation of that cry left me unsettled for days. Her husband had seemed like a nice man. I wondered what he was really like inside. Anyway. Andrew and Holly have settled into their seats at the theater just a few rows in front of me and a little to the right.
All right, stop. This is insanity. Big deal—Andrew’s here. Who cares? Only every single other person in this theater. But not I. Andrew Madden—whoop-de-do. So he’s here. I could care less. Here with Holly. His wife. On the one hand, that pretty much says everything. On the other, this is the second time I have seen Holly, in person and live. I met her once years ago on the subway in New York, not long before I moved to California. I was with Tim, the man I was living with at that time, and she was with her husband—her ﬁrst—and a female friend she would not stop hugging as the train rattled and swooped, stations passing by.
Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel by DeLaune Michel