By Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley were BFFs due to the fact that eternally. Then a short second of inattention on an icy highway leaves one woman useless and the opposite in a coma, battered past popularity. friends and family mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's restoration. Then the medical professionals become aware of they've got made a negative mistake. the lady who lived is the one that everybody concept had died.
Based on a real case of fallacious identification, All we all know of Heaven is a common tale that not anyone can learn unmoved: a drama of normal humans stuck up in an unbelievable tragedy and of the therapeutic strength of desire and love.
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The O’Malley boys ﬁnally had to gently pull them away. After the Mass came the burial. The short line of cars took less than a half hour to get from the church to the cemetery. Danny fell asleep on the way. He just couldn’t take any more depressing stuﬀ. He was depressed enough to last until he was forty. In a line at the grave, the cheerleaders wrapped their trophy in Maury’s quilt. They stepped back, sobbing and holding one another up. And the priests each did a quick, quiet blessing. The wind was sharp edged and probing, so Danny turned up his coat collar and let his mom hold on to his arm.
Bridget Flan nery was up in the OR. The surgeons were still ﬁghting for her. It was bad, but it was anyone’s guess what would happen. The poor little things. No one could say for sure. It was like Dr. Krill and Dr. Collins always said: The ﬁrst twelve hours told the tale. But Amber knew that kids that sick, even if they lived . . This might not turn out to be a tale anyone wanted to hear the end of. Like, not a fairy tale. She needed to get her mind oﬀ it. Get to work. The parents of Bigelow would be commandeering car keys at the ﬁrst snowﬂake for weeks at least, and maybe all winter long.
She got out a book from choir and showed him a song called “Aura Lee,” which turned out to be the same as the old Elvis song “Love Me Tender” but with diﬀerent words about a maid with golden hair. Maureen’s voice was like a ﬂute, strong and pure. She seemed to forget him being there as she sang until the last notes died away, and then she sort of crumpled down on the ﬂoor and hid her face. He pulled her back up and said, “Do you take lessons? Because that was beautiful. ” She shook her head. It happened then.
All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard