After You by Julie Buxbaum
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When tragedy strikes across the ocean, Ellie Lerner drops everything—her marriage, her job, her life in the Boston suburbs—to travel to London and pick up the pieces of her best friend Lucy’s life. While Lucy’s husband, Greg, retreats into himself, his and Lucy’s eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, has simply stopped speaking. Desperate to help Sophie, Ellie turns to a book that gave her comfort as a child, The Secret Garden. As its story of hurt, magic, and healing blooms around them, so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some big, some small. Peeling back the layers of her friend’s life, Ellie is forced to confront her own as well: the marriage she left behind, the loss she’d hoped to escape. And suddenly Ellie’s carefully constructed existence is spinning out of control in a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

About Julie Buxbaum

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Julie Buxbaum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. The author of The Opposite of Love, she currently lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 15, 2009 by The Dial Press. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the connection to Sophie quickly takes its place, as Ellie drops her life in Boston to take up residence in Lucy’s Notting Hill home.

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As she uncovers more of Lucy’s life, Ellie finds her own spinning out of control, and soon she’s forced to reassess even her deeply held certainties.

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She takes her readers deep inside the pain and loss Sophie feels, the sense of desperation Ellie has, and the frustration Phillip experiences.

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Red Room

Their ears are placed unevenly on their heads, which gives them superior hearing, and they never make that hooting sound you think of when you think of owls.

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As Ellie is a lover of books, she decides that The Secret Garden is just the book for her and Sophie to read together.

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