By DeLaune Michel
Hypnotic and fantastically 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 course of the evening, existence is impressive for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry-design occupation 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 superstar Andrew Madden. until eventually an opportunity come upon with him alterations every little thing. Swept up by way of stories in their complicated courting, Yvette is plunged into an obsession with Andrew that finally forces her to confront the previous 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 different males, and suggestions of her estranged father. Set opposed to the glittering worlds of l. a. and ny, and advised with either humor and pathos, Aftermath of Dreaming explores the common issues of abandonment, forgiveness, and letting cross.
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After a few months of going to meditation and getting inspired by the Buddhism, I decided to try not praying to Mary but to Kuan-En, the Buddhist goddess of love and compassion. Or I started meditating to her, is how I think the Buddhists would say it. I sat in my best effort at the lotus position and repeated her mantra (syllables whose vibrations engender love and compassion to yourself and all sentient beings, meaning animals, too, and plants, I think) over and over in my head. A few weeks into this, once her mantra came easy and fast like a lullaby I could sing without knowing I remembered the words, a feeling would come over me, or up from within, of being comforted and held in Kuan-En’s warm arms.
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.
But I was all the way up north, it wasn’t waitressing, and anyway, Daddy had been out of my life for four years at that point. Andrew was sitting at one of a line of tables that jutted out from a after math of dreaming 53 wall of windows shimmering with the gold-draped chains that the restaurant used instead of blinds. Two catty-corner walls were of this: panels of glass sheathed with swings of delicate gold chains one on top of another, like a totem pole of invisible necks, the chains swinging and swaying against one another, then ﬂinging their shine across the room to echo upon the opposite no-gold walls.
Aftermath of Dreaming: A Novel by DeLaune Michel