Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán

By Camille Pagán

Libby Miller has regularly been an unwavering optimist—but whilst her husband drops a bomb on their marriage a similar day a physician promises devastating information, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have really been blinding her. With not anything left to lose, she abandons her lifestyles in Chicago for the transparent waters and brilliant seashores of the Caribbean for what should be her final hurrah. regardless of her new sunny locale, her plans move awry while she unearths that she can’t really outrun the prior or deliver herself to stand an unknowable destiny. each day of tropical bliss could be a call for participation to catastrophe, yet along with her dual brother on her path and a brand new courting at the horizon, Libby is decided to ignore destiny. Will she danger all of it to live—and love—a little longer? From significantly acclaimed writer Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful tale a couple of lady selecting among a “perfect” existence and truly residing. **

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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