By Julie Buxbaum
Whilst tragedy moves around the ocean, Ellie Lerner drops everything—her marriage, her activity, her existence within the Boston suburbs—to go back and forth to London and choose up the items of her ally Lucy’s lifestyles. whereas Lucy’s husband, Greg, retreats into himself, his and Lucy’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, has easily stopped talking. eager to support Sophie, Ellie turns to a booklet that gave her convenience as a toddler, The mystery Garden. As its tale of damage, magic, and therapeutic blooms round them, so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some substantial, a few small. Peeling again the layers of her friend’s lifestyles, Ellie is compelled to confront her personal in addition: the wedding she left in the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And unexpectedly Ellie’s conscientiously built life is spinning uncontrolled in a series of occasions that would rework her life—and the lives of these round her—forever.
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I don’t know. I forgot my umbrella. ” “I don’t know. No. Yes. ” “Not yet,” I say. ” Strange how the job description used to be limited to making the occasional phone call, putting her school photo on my refrigerator, and sending lots of gifts—at first, unbearably cute and tiny clothing, and, more recently, Ramona Quimby books and creepy American Girl dolls. Now the assignment is serious. A position above my pay grade. “Of course I remember. I didn’t mean … By the way, did you give Sophie that fake thumb I got her?
I—we, Sophie and I—could use the help. As it happens, Lucy had recently hired some new people, nannies, but I have to sack them all. ” “Yeah. My address book has suddenly gone missing, some of our wedding photos, too, and all my old Eton friends are getting phone calls from reporters. ” “I’m so sorry—” He waves away my sympathy, and even his hand gestures are mannered. He looks like he is conducting a symphony. “Anyhow, I’m not sure how we would have survived any of this without you. ” “I’m happy to stick around for as long as you need me,” I say.
Lucy asked. “Ready,” I said, and so we pricked our fingers with a safety pin and rubbed our blood together, a glorious red smear. We believed that this small ritual would change something between us, elevate us to the status of “real” relatives, and I secretly wondered whether a drop of Lucy’s blood might make me more attractive. Maybe boys, and parents, and teachers would pay attention to me, too, the way they always did her. At twelve, when we each wore half of a broken “Best Friends Forever” heart necklace that we bought at the Copley mall with our lunch money, I felt superior to the other girls in school.