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By Juliette Fay

From the writer of Shelter Me--a humorous and poignant novel approximately having your center within the correct position.

Newly divorced Dana Stellgarten has consistently been unfailingly great- even to telemarketers-but now her mood is donning skinny. cash is tight, her childrens are reeling from their dad's departure, and her Goth teenage niece has simply landed on her doorstep. As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by way of the city queen bee, Dana reveals that the strain among being actual to your self and being cherished does not lead to heart school... and that typically it takes a true buddy that will help you include maturity in all its incorrect complexity.

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Ok, i'm certainly getting the impact you’re now not attracted to making up,” he warned. “Making up? ” she acknowledged. “I inspiration you simply desired to transparent the air. ” “Why would i would like to transparent the air if we aren’t getting again jointly? ” jointly. With Jack. Is that what she sought after? Dana hadn’t even thought of no matter if they’d damaged up after their little verbal skirmish. And now it seemed there have been peace choices to be made. Her limbs looked as if it would fill with lead on the very proposal. “Oh,” she acknowledged. “Oh? Oh? ”The awkwardness left him as his biceps tensed and his rib cage elevated. “I come the following able to take you again and also you provide me ‘Oh’? I don’t imagine so! ” He appeared round the tiny ready room as though there have been an viewers basically he may possibly see. “Can you think this? ” he demanded of his invisible viewership. “Jack, I’m sorry,” she all started, yet couldn’t give some thought to what she was once sorry for. She heard noise at the back of her, drawers thumping closed and throat clearing. Tony used to be making his presence recognized. “I didn’t discover you have been that variety, Dana. the type who toys with a man and simply makes use of him for dates and intercourse! ” Oh, God, suggestion Dana, figuring out that Tony used to be listening. this is often so embarrassing. “I proposal we have been development something,” his tantrum persisted, “and you have been . . . you have been simply knitting mittens! Screwing round, having your enjoyable! ” She’d meant to permit him blow off steam, put on himself out along with his yelling and posturing, the way in which she consistently had together with her youngsters once they have been little. yet he ramping up instead of winding down. “Jack, I’m sorry, yet i need to come again to paintings now. You’ll need to move. ” “You’re chucking me? you think that you could simply chuck me? good, enable me let you know anything! ” His sizeable hands flew out in entrance of him, thick hands poking the air towards her shoulders. “You aren’t worthy it! You aren’t lovely adequate or great adequate or something adequate! i am hoping you intend to be on my own for a very long time, simply because no man worthy an excellent goddamn would wish you! ” In that second she felt as though he had thrown a bucket of acid at her, as though he had disfigured her along with his phrases. And while he observed that his attack had hit its mark, he gave a vengeful little smile and strode out the door. Dana used to be nonetheless status there while Tony got here in and stood subsequent to her, resting a hand on her shoulder. “Nice work,” he murmured. “Never heard the notice ‘Oh’ used with such pleasing effects. ” She persisted to stare out the glass door. Tony went on. “He was once getting a bit frightening towards the top there,” he stated. “Seemed such as you have been retaining your individual. yet possibly I must have pop out. ” “Would’ve made him madder. ” “That’s what I figured. i used to be on the point of name 911. Are you afraid of him? should still we glance right into a restraining order? ” She shook her head. She wasn’t afraid of him. He had already performed the wear and tear he’d desired to do. “I don’t imagine he’ll be again. ” “Listen to me,” he stated. “All that baloney approximately you no longer being reliable enough—you comprehend that’s entire crap, correct? ” “I bet. ” “Don’t guess,” he stated quietly. “Be definite. since you are one in one million, Dana Stellgarten.

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