The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a marriage. And the redemptive power of literature...Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a haunting, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each otherâ€”and ourselves.
It happened on a tree-lined street in Notting Hill to a woman who seemed to have the perfect life. Ellie Lernerâ€™s best friend, Lucy, was murdered in front of her young daughter. And, as best friends do, Ellie dropped everythingâ€”her marriage, her job, her life in the Boston suburbsâ€”to travel to London and pick up the pieces of Lucyâ€™s life. While Lucyâ€™s husband, Greg, copes with his grief by retreating into himself, eight-year-old 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 the two spend hours exploring the novelâ€™s winding passageways, its story of hurt, magic, and healing blooms around them. But so, too, do Lucyâ€™s secretsâ€”some big, some smallâ€”secrets Lucy kept hidden, even from her best friend. Over a summer in London, as Ellie peels back the layers of her friendâ€™s life, sheâ€™s forced to confront her own as well: the marriage she left behind, the loss sheâ€™d hoped to escape. And suddenly Ellieâ€™s carefully constructed existence is spinning out of control in a chain of events that will transform her lifeâ€”and those around herâ€” forever. A novel that will resonate in the heart of anyone whoâ€™s had a best friend, a love lost, or a past full of regrets, After You proves once again the unique and compelling talent of Julie Buxbaum.