After You by Julie Buxbaum

By Julie Buxbaum

The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a wedding. And the redemptive strength of literature...Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed writer of The contrary of Love, grants a haunting, gloriously written novel approximately love, family members, and the secrets and techniques we conceal from each one other—and ourselves.

It occurred on a tree-lined road in Notting Hill to a lady who appeared to have the precise lifestyles. Ellie Lerner’s ally, Lucy, used to be murdered in entrance of her younger daughter. And, as top buddies do, Ellie dropped everything—her marriage, her activity, her existence within the Boston suburbs—to shuttle to London and decide up the items of Lucy’s lifestyles. whereas Lucy’s husband, Greg, copes together with his grief through backing out into himself, eight-year-old Sophie has easily stopped speaking.

Desperate to assist Sophie, Ellie turns to a publication that gave her convenience as a toddler, The mystery Garden. because the spend hours exploring the novel’s winding passageways, its tale of damage, magic, and therapeutic blooms round them. yet so, too, do Lucy’s secrets—some great, a few small—secrets Lucy stored hidden, even from her ally. Over a summer time in London, as Ellie peels again the layers of her friend’s existence, she’s pressured to confront her personal in addition: the wedding she left at the back of, the loss she’d was hoping to flee. And all at once Ellie’s conscientiously built life is spinning uncontrolled in a series of occasions that might rework her life—and these round her— without end. a singular that might resonate within the center of a person who’s had a ally, a love misplaced, or a earlier choked with regrets, After You proves once more the original and compelling expertise of Julie Buxbaum.

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In one of the Marx Brothers' films a man, thinking he is about to take a woman in his arms, ends up with a cow which moos. And through a combination of circumstances too long to relate, at that moment that same moo assumes an intellectual dignity equal to a woman's cry. If such a situation is possible in films, it is no less possible in theatre as it stands, and it would take very little; for example the cow might be replaced by an animated puppet, a kind of monster gifted with speech, or a man disguised as an animalto redii;cover the secret of the objective poetry underlying all humour, which theatre has given up, leaving it for Music-Hall, while the cinema later turned it to good account.

For me obvious ideas, in theatre as in all else, are dead and finished. The idea of a play built right on stage, encountering production and performance obstacles, demands the discovery of active language, both active and anarchic, where the usual limits of feelings and words are transcended. In any event, and I hasten to say so at once, theatre which submits staging and production, that is to say everything about it that is specifically theatrical, to the lines, is mad, crazy, perverted, rhetorical, philistine, antipoetic and Positivist-that is to say, Western theatre.

In the Balinese Theatre one senses a state prior to language, able to select its own language; music, gestures, moves and words. * We can be sure this aspect of pure theatre, this natural philosophy of total gesture, an idea in itself, transforming the mind's persuasions in order to be discerned through the fibrous maze and tangle of matter, gives us a new idea of whatever properly belongs to the field of form and visible matter. Anyone who succeeds in imparting a mystical meaning to the simple outline of a gown, not simply content with placing man beside his Double, but ascribing to each costumed person their costumed double-those who run these phantasmal clothes, these second clothes, through with a sword, giving them the look of huge butterflies pinned in the air, these people have a far more inborn sense than us of nature's total, occult symbolism, teaching us a lesson which we can be only too sure our theatre technicians would be incapable of using.

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