Dream of the Blue Room by Michelle Richmond

By Michelle Richmond

Jenny and Amanda Ruth have been most sensible acquaintances in a small Alabama city till eighteen-years-old Amanda Ruth was once murdered. Now, fourteen years later, Jenny has traveled together with her husband to China to scatter Amanda Ruth’s ashes and eventually satisfy her friend’s dream of traveling her chinese language father’s place of origin. It’s additionally, Jenny hopes, a chance to fix her personal marriage. yet as she trips via a overseas panorama, the to blame secrets and techniques of Jenny’s earlier stand up and her existence could be inexorably altered. From the hot York instances bestselling writer of The 12 months of Fog (“Highly prompt [for enthusiasts of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard” —Library magazine, starred evaluate) and not anyone you recognize (“Luminous . . . will retain you considering lengthy after the final web page has been turned”—Family Circle), Michelle Richmond’s beautiful novel captivates with its depiction of the robust intimacies of marriage, friendship, and kinfolk that form our paths and the bonds of domestic that buoy us—wherever domestic might be.

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After Dave left, I spent hours looking at the photo, trying to imagine how the girl must have perceived the strange man behind the camera, what my husband looked like in her eyes. Now, watching Stacy, I’m struck by the same question: What does she see? Someone a few years older, experienced? Does she look at his ring finger, bare, and realize that he is a man who has lost faith in his marriage? At one point her eyes linger on a faint scar that stretches over the bridge of his nose, and I find myself wondering if, like me, she finds this imperfection attractive, disconcertingly sexy.

Seeing him in action, I loved him more than ever. While he ministered to the victim, I stood above them, helpless, watching this intimate communion between the savior and the saved. And I understood, for the first time, what, for him, must be lacking in me: I was not burned or broken. I was not clinging to life. ” Dave says, sitting up in bed and eyeing the room. The décor is late-seventies Euro-chic: shiny black plastic headboard and matching dresser, faded red satin sheets and black velour coverlet.

I know a great spot for dinner. ” Dave puts an arm around my shoulder, as if we’re best buddies, as if this whole trip was his idea. ” Dave and I have been assigned to the green group, which is led by Elvis Paris. Stacy, a sketch pad and pencil box in hand, sidles up to us. ” We disembark at Yangzhou in an oppressive drizzle. As we step off the gangplank onto the floating dock, Elvis Paris distributes parkas. ” he shouts, waving the green flag over his head. We pass through narrow streets crowded with commerce.

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