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4. After the Party’s Over

The pinnacle of the beginning of the process is the launch party.

Cormorant threw a shindig and people I hadn’t seen in years came. Family flew in from other places to surprise me. I bought a new dress (described by my less-than-tactful friend as ‘conservative’ and ‘slippery’, although that seems to be an impossible combination to me).

After the party, I spent the weekend with my surprise guests, dissecting with my siblings which part of the book was most likely to trigger Mom’s stroke. They of course underestimate her, as she’s far tougher than she seems at 82.

Then, everyone one went home. I gathered up the empty wine bottles to return and did the laundry. I held the book in my hand and flipped through it. The book is not officially published and open for reviewing until it is launched.

As of April 3rd, 2008 No BS went to sea, champagne smashed and all. I thought, now what?

My house was awful quiet again. Maybe I should start a new story. Or maybe I could tear out the bathroom…..

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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