By Michelle Richmond
Jenny and Amanda Ruth have been most sensible neighbors in a small Alabama city till eighteen-years-old Amanda Ruth used to be 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 vacationing her chinese language father’s place of birth. It’s additionally, Jenny hopes, a chance to fix her personal bothered marriage. yet as she trips via a international panorama, the responsible secrets and techniques of Jenny’s previous stand up and her existence should be inexorably altered. From the hot York occasions bestselling writer of The 12 months of Fog (“Highly suggested [for lovers of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard” —Library magazine, starred assessment) and nobody you recognize (“Luminous . . . will preserve you pondering 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 family members that form our paths and the bonds of domestic that buoy us—wherever domestic might be.
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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. On the wall above the bed, a faded print of Big Ben hangs in a scratched plastic frame. “Back in the seventies this ship belonged to a British cruise line,” I explain, reciting the information I received from the travel agent in New York. ” “God save the Queen,” Dave says, shaking the covers off.
I undress and lie down. The full-sized bed feels oddly intimate. At home in New York City we have a king-sized mattress that takes up the entire bedroom; our bodies don’t touch all night. Didn’t touch, I correct myself. After twelve years of marriage, it’s difficult to think in past tense. I keep imagining the separation is some joke that Dave will grow tired of, keep hoping that one morning I’ll wake in our apartment at Eighty-fifth and Columbus to find him sleeping heavily beside me, the way he is now.
TWO The shellac is smooth beneath my fingers, rising slightly over the photos, a random Braille I know by heart. Amanda Ruth would have laughed at it, her mother’s lack of good taste, the collage of photographs she carefully cut and arranged on the round cookie tin: Amanda Ruth as a baby, wrapped in her proud father’s arms; Amanda Ruth in her majorette’s costume with gold piping at the shoulders; Amanda Ruth sitting on the narrow bed in her dorm room at Montevallo. I hold the tin in my lap and recline on a deck chair.
Dream of the Blue Room by Michelle Richmond