By DeLaune Michel
Hypnotic and wonderfully written, Aftermath of Dreaming is an incandescent first novel of odern lifestyles and love. except the little challenge that she is waking up screaming in the course of the evening, lifestyles is significant for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry-design occupation is starting up, she's again together with her sort-of boyfriend, and, better of all, she now not thinks approximately her once-in-a-lifetime love, overseas celebrity Andrew Madden. till an opportunity come across with him alterations 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 earlier she suggestion 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 ideas of her estranged father. Set opposed to the glittering worlds of l. a. and manhattan, and advised with either humor and pathos, Aftermath of Dreaming explores the common issues of abandonment, forgiveness, and letting pass.
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Now I had a sudden desire to run in, jump up on his worktable, and smash the instrument to smithereens in a dance of destruction in front of him. But my father continued his work, his small gentle movements obvious in the stillness of his back, so completely unaware of me standing right outside that I felt frozen in place, forgotten and dismissed. Suddenly I could hear Momma yelling for me from inside the house. I didn’t want Daddy to realize I was watching him, so I dragged myself up the steps, across the porch and into the kitchen, then allowed her to yell some more until ﬁnally she came through the swinging door and saw me standing there.
I wonder if she wonders that as well, but probably she already knows. I quickly ﬂick the pillow back onto the table as she enters the room carrying our family’s grand and heavy silver coffee service, but easily, as if it were made of papier-mâché. ” Suzanne is using her “I am saying something loving that happens to be true, so don’t challenge me” tone. I suddenly feel exhausted. ” I push a mountain of tulle aside so she can set the loaded tray down. She has the same expression of determined politeness she had when we played tea party with our dolls as she pours my coffee and hands me the china cup.
Theater event. A local news crew is creating a vortex of hierarchy for everyone trying to get inside. The famous are stopped to comment toward the camera and smile, while the rest are passed over, our bodies so much scenery for the ﬁnery going by. The crowd conveys me into the auditorium, and I quickly jump out as it passes my seat’s aisle. The chair beside mine is one of the few empty ones and its emptiness exudes a loud silence into the noisy air, informing everyone of the ticket left unused.
Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel by DeLaune Michel