Aftermath of Dreaming
by DeLaune Michel
Other than the little problem that she wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, things are going great for Yvette Broussard. Her jewelry design career is taking off, she’s back with her sort-of boyfriend, and best of all, she no longer thinks about her once-in-a-lifetime love, international movie star Andrew Madden. Until a chance encounter with him changes everything.
Swept up by memories of her estranged father, and juggling the demands of her bride-to-be sister and her male best friend who is jealous of other men, Yvette is plunged into an obsession with Andrew which ultimately forces her to confront the past she thought she had left behind. Set against the glittering worlds of Los Angeles and New York, Aftermath of Dreaming explores with both humor and pathos the universal themes of abandonment and forgiveness in a knockout debut that’s sure to be one of the most talked about books of the season.
DeLauné Michel was raised in south Louisiana in a literary family that includes her uncle André Dubus, her mother Elizabeth Nell Dubus, and her cousin James Lee Burke. She has worked as an actor in theater, television, and film. The first two stories Ms. Michel wrote won recognition by the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Award, and later work won the Pacificus Foundation Literary Award. Her first novel, Aftermath of Dreaming, will be published by William Morrow in April of 2006. She is currently working on her second novel which will be published by them, as well.
She is the founding producer of Spoken Interludes, a salon-style reading series where award-winning, best-selling, and up-coming writers read their own work. Through Spoken Interludes, she developed, has taught in, and continues to run outreach writing programs for at-risk teenagers. Ms. Michel’s husband, Dan Fried, is an owner of H & H Photography Studio which specializes in event photography. If you would like to see their work, please visit their website. Ms. Michel lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and son.