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Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I Tell Myself) by Cathy Brett

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"Esther gazed out to the thin lace edge of the waves in the distance, and watched it breathing in and out. She matched it with her own breath. In and out, she counted each pulse. In. Out. In. Out. 'A pulse in the eternal mind.' Which of the war poets wrote that? she wondered. She couldn't remember." Copacabana Beach, Everything Is Fine, Beach Waves, Gazing, Eternity, Rio, Coastline, Wonder, Sunset
"Esther gazed out to the thin lace edge of the waves in the distance, and watched it breathing in and out. She matched it with her own breath. In and out, she counted each pulse. In. Out. In. Out. 'A pulse in the eternal mind.' Which of the war poets wrote that? she wondered. She couldn't remember."
Esther: "'...a drowsy numbness pains / My sense as though of hemlock I had drunk...' Her senses were numb. She felt medicated, tranquillised. That emo Keats really had a handle on teen angst." John Keats, Kathleen Hanna, Frankenstein, David Foster Wallace, Ben Whishaw, Vincent Price, Chandler Bing, Beastie Boys, Shakespeare
Esther: "'...a drowsy numbness pains / My sense as though of hemlock I had drunk...' Her senses were numb. She felt medicated, tranquillised. That emo Keats really had a handle on teen angst."
"Esther reached out for the reassuring presence of the bruised boy's sleeve. Instead of his shirt she found his good hand. His warm fingers flinched, then slipped between hers, giving her knuckles a gentle squeeze before letting go. Electricity flashed through her body [...]." Touching Hands, If I Stay, Human Body, Beautiful Hands, Holding Hands, Hold On, Take That, Love
"Esther reached out for the reassuring presence of the bruised boy's sleeve. Instead of his shirt she found his good hand. His warm fingers flinched, then slipped between hers, giving her knuckles a gentle squeeze before letting go. Electricity flashed through her body [...]."
Esther watches old photographs at the Pebbleton Museum to find out more about the mysterious letters: "There were more photographs across the wall above the case and Esther moved quickly from one to another, experiencing a tingle of recognition as she was confronted by places she knew." Photography Camera, Vintage Photography, Photography Tips, Memories Photography, Heart Photography, Photography Flowers, Photography Aesthetic, White Photography, Amazing Photography
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Esther watches old photographs at the Pebbleton Museum to find out more about the mysterious letters: "There were more photographs across the wall above the case and Esther moved quickly from one to another, experiencing a tingle of recognition as she was confronted by places she knew."
Esther finds old letters: "Who had they been sent to? A child or a servant, perhaps, in the days when the house was someone's home and not yet a guest house. And why was the sixth one different and unopened? She picked up the top envelope. The address was smudged and difficult to read and the name at the top was partly obscured by brown water stains." Dragonfly In Amber, Old Letters, Beautiful Handwriting, French Handwriting, Summer Romance, Mabon, Handwritten Letters, Lost Art, Penmanship
Esther finds old letters: "Who had they been sent to? A child or a servant, perhaps, in the days when the house was someone's home and not yet a guest house. And why was the sixth one different and unopened? She picked up the top envelope. The address was smudged and difficult to read and the name at the top was partly obscured by brown water stains."
Esther and Molly:  "'I think I might have a cheeseburger instead,' said Esther, patting her belly. [...]  'Aw!' Molly whined. 'You didn't say anything about a cheeseburger. Now I don't want these either.' She sneered at the choc ices.  'You're a veggie, you twit!' Molly pouted. 'I know, but I like the melted fromage. And the bun.' Esther snorted and grabbed the caramel Magnum. 'You're priceless, Moll!'" Burger Recipes, Mexican Food Recipes, Beef Recipes, Burger Ideas, Chickpea Recipes, Sweets Recipes, Find Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Appetizer Recipes
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Esther and Molly: "'I think I might have a cheeseburger instead,' said Esther, patting her belly. [...] 'Aw!' Molly whined. 'You didn't say anything about a cheeseburger. Now I don't want these either.' She sneered at the choc ices. 'You're a veggie, you twit!' Molly pouted. 'I know, but I like the melted fromage. And the bun.' Esther snorted and grabbed the caramel Magnum. 'You're priceless, Moll!'"
Esther, the protagonist, who is also called Egg. Why?  Because of her brother Max: "When Esther was born, three-year-old Max had asked where she had come from. When informed that she'd grown from an egg, he had misheard and mashed the two words together, creating Egg-ster." Misheard, Three Year Olds, Her Brother, Protagonist, Esther, Egg, Born, Two By Two
Esther, the protagonist, who is also called Egg. Why? Because of her brother Max: "When Esther was born, three-year-old Max had asked where she had come from. When informed that she'd grown from an egg, he had misheard and mashed the two words together, creating Egg-ster."
Wipeout café: "The café beside the dunes car park had once been a derelict beach hut, then, briefly, a soft drinks kiosk. Later, its new owner, Finch, had added several quirky extensions to the building, transforming it into a funky beach café." Beach Cafe, Beach Hut, Derelict, The Dunes, Kiosk, Soft Drinks, Finch, Car Parking
Wipeout café: "The café beside the dunes car park had once been a derelict beach hut, then, briefly, a soft drinks kiosk. Later, its new owner, Finch, had added several quirky extensions to the building, transforming it into a funky beach café."
"Outside, the long table on the terrace was set more for a celebration than a family meal. There were polka dot napkins folded across each plate, a posy of roses and daisies arranged in a jug and even candles flickering in glass jars. Mum positioned the enormous dish of lasagne in the centre of the table with a flourish, as if she was acting in a play. The terrace was her stage and Mum was the star. Esther braced herself for her performance." Outdoor Table Settings, Outdoor Dining, Outdoor Spaces, Backyard Dining, Pippin Hill Wedding, Farm Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Time, Wedding Food
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"Outside, the long table on the terrace was set more for a celebration than a family meal. There were polka dot napkins folded across each plate, a posy of roses and daisies arranged in a jug and even candles flickering in glass jars. Mum positioned the enormous dish of lasagne in the centre of the table with a flourish, as if she was acting in a play. The terrace was her stage and Mum was the star. Esther braced herself for her performance."
"Torrents of water were falling from a black cloud-mountain that now hung dramatically over the beach. A flash of blue light cracked the sky and the partiers cheered, their voices drowned by an explosion of thunder that shook the earth. It was like watching a 3D movie. '...rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy. Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army...' This storm was in the west, but Esther thought the line sounded appropriate." Black Clouds, Thunder And Lightning, Melancholy, Thunderstorms, Drowning, Explosion, Wonders Of The World, Earth
"Torrents of water were falling from a black cloud-mountain that now hung dramatically over the beach. A flash of blue light cracked the sky and the partiers cheered, their voices drowned by an explosion of thunder that shook the earth. It was like watching a 3D movie. '...rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy. Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army...' This storm was in the west, but Esther thought the line sounded appropriate."
"She wished for a moment that she could be that beetle, scuttling around in the grass, free to bask in the sun or hide in the shade, not tied to school schedules and bus timetables [...] The beetle had such a beautiful, tough-looking shell. Having your skeleton on the outside like that must be bliss, she thought. Like wearing armour. Nothing would get through that solid crust to harm the soft flesh inside. Human skin was too thin, too vulnerable." Black Beetle, School Schedule, Vulnerability, Crust, Skeleton, Hide, Bliss, Armour
"She wished for a moment that she could be that beetle, scuttling around in the grass, free to bask in the sun or hide in the shade, not tied to school schedules and bus timetables [...] The beetle had such a beautiful, tough-looking shell. Having your skeleton on the outside like that must be bliss, she thought. Like wearing armour. Nothing would get through that solid crust to harm the soft flesh inside. Human skin was too thin, too vulnerable."
"She felt safe in her warm cocoon, even though this boat was no longer seaworthy and had lain wrecked and abandoned for years at the unpopular, pebbly end of the beach [...] She wondered why she'd never thought to hide in the boat before. It was perfect. At last she'd found some personal space." Brighton Beach, Seaside Beach, Fine Arts Posters, Posters Art Prints, Brighton England, Row Boats, Seaworthy, Personal Space, Sundown
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"She felt safe in her warm cocoon, even though this boat was no longer seaworthy and had lain wrecked and abandoned for years at the unpopular, pebbly end of the beach [...] She wondered why she'd never thought to hide in the boat before. It was perfect. At last she'd found some personal space."
"Below her was a jumble of parasols and towels where countless bodies sprawled in the shade or cooked in the midday July heat [...] She looked left, followed the rippling sea of heads until they were no more than coloured dots in the far distance, then right, towards the cliff. There! There he was again!" Blue Umbrella, Under My Umbrella, Beach Umbrella, I Love The Beach, Beach Fun, Beach Time, Wall Art Prints, Fine Art Prints, Framed Prints
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"Below her was a jumble of parasols and towels where countless bodies sprawled in the shade or cooked in the midday July heat [...] She looked left, followed the rippling sea of heads until they were no more than coloured dots in the far distance, then right, towards the cliff. There! There he was again!"
"Esther sighed. Molly seemed to have endless supplies of energy. And she was annoyingly enthusiastic about everything. 'We can get ice dream,' said Molly. 'Ice cream always cheers you up.'  'OK.' She rolled off the seat and picked up her bag. 'Pistachio. Two scoops, and it's your turn to pay.'" Pistachio Butter, Pistachio Ice Cream, Coconut Whipped Cream, Vegan Ice Cream, Non Dairy Desserts, Brunch Desserts, Sorbet Recipes, Ice Cream Recipes, Sin Gluten
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"Esther sighed. Molly seemed to have endless supplies of energy. And she was annoyingly enthusiastic about everything. 'We can get ice dream,' said Molly. 'Ice cream always cheers you up.' 'OK.' She rolled off the seat and picked up her bag. 'Pistachio. Two scoops, and it's your turn to pay.'"
A period drama is filmed at Esther's home: "It was early, a little after five thirty in the morning, but a crowd had gathered by the gate for the first day of shooting. News that the actors were finally making an appearance had quickly spread through Pebbleton village, and almost every resident seemed to have risen at dawn to catch a glimpse of the arriving celebrities." Shades Of Grey Movie, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Jewish Film Festival, Discovery News, Indie Films, Ideal World, Film Score, It Movie Cast, International Film Festival
A period drama is filmed at Esther's home: "It was early, a little after five thirty in the morning, but a crowd had gathered by the gate for the first day of shooting. News that the actors were finally making an appearance had quickly spread through Pebbleton village, and almost every resident seemed to have risen at dawn to catch a glimpse of the arriving celebrities."