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, lifestyles is great for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry-design occupation is commencing, 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 stumble upon with him adjustments every little thing. Swept up by means of stories in their advanced dating, Yvette is plunged into an obsession with Andrew that finally forces her to confront the earlier she idea she had left at the back of. even as, she is juggling the calls for of her bride-to-be sister and her male ally, who's jealous of alternative males, and recommendations 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 issues of abandonment, forgiveness, and letting pass.
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The walk down the sidewalk is the exact opposite of the wedding processional in a church aisle: no family all around, no celebration, and no one waiting for me at the end. 4 “Jesus God,” I say inside the refuge of my truck as I reach for my cell phone to dial Reggie to tell him about my sister encounter. I can’t sit with this until our call tomorrow morning. But his phone rings the dreaded four times that means he’s already left for the editing room. I leave a brief message though I doubt I’ll hear back from him soon enough, as in now.
What is his fucking problem? No, wrong reaction. Thank God he didn’t notice me is how I feel. I don’t want him to see me here by myself. It’s good that he walked on by. But why couldn’t Michael be with me? Damn his stupid radio shows. He should be here with his arm around me, all Mediterranean husband—I mean, handsome—next to Andrew’s golden, incredibly fucking gorgeous-beyond-words looks. Michael who? Fuck, that is not the right attitude. Not even how I really feel inside. It isn’t? All right, stop.
Getting off work at the end of the night—eleven, if I came on at four; twelve, if I started at ﬁve—I would walk most of the distance home. Set out on Park Avenue, but usually, quickly, take one of the blocks over to Madison or Fifth. Those were the best. They were deserted; literally, quite empty.
Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel by DeLaune Michel