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 midst of the evening, existence is excellent for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry-design profession is commencing, she's again together with her sort-of boyfriend, and, better of all, she not thinks approximately her once-in-a-lifetime love, foreign celeb Andrew Madden. until eventually an opportunity come upon with him adjustments every little thing. Swept up by way of stories in their complicated dating, Yvette is plunged into an obsession with Andrew that finally forces her to confront the earlier she concept 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 techniques of her estranged father. Set opposed to the glittering worlds of la and ny, and instructed with either humor and pathos, Aftermath of Dreaming explores the common topics of abandonment, forgiveness, and letting cross.
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But I didn’t know—I had never tried. Sitting here on the side of the freeway with every privately held image of Andrew streaming through my brain, I’m just grateful my truck doesn’t explode because it sure feels like my heart is going to. 7 Meeting Andrew for the first time was like getting pregnant— conception had occurred. And not unwittingly by me. Which is how I’d always thought it would be—to get pregnant. That somehow in that moment I would know. My body would know. And with Andrew, it did.
A woman jostles my leg as she sidles past me to reach her seat. The audience is mostly settled, just a few stragglers are wandering in. I turn back to the list to see if I know any other names on it when suddenly I get a strange sensation, like the building’s about to explode. I turn around and in walks Andrew Madden, my ex-never-thought-I-could-breathe-without, whom I have not laid eyes on in almost four and a half years. Oh, my God. I immediately throw my program onto the ﬂoor so I can duck down to retrieve it, as chaotic gushing explodes in the theater.
I wanted that. Not that I pray to her in mass. I quit going when I was ﬁfteen and I was seeing widow-man and was having premarital sex, which the nuns said was a sin that turns your heart black and the priest can see it in your eyes right before he gives you communion, then I guess the altar boys bodily eject you from the church, I don’t know, but I didn’t want to ﬁnd out, so I just quit going and never went back. About four years ago I started studying Buddhism, so I meditate every day, but frankly I’m still a lot more comfortable around a cruciﬁx.