All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard

By Jacquelyn Mitchard

Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley were BFFs when you consider that eternally. Then a quick second of inattention on an icy street leaves one lady lifeless and the opposite in a coma, battered past attractiveness. friends and family mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's restoration. Then the medical professionals realize they've got made a negative mistake. the lady who lived is the one that every body idea had died.

Based on a real case of improper identification, All we all know of Heaven is a common tale that nobody can learn unmoved: a drama of standard humans stuck up in an unbelievable tragedy and of the therapeutic energy of wish and love.

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He meant that Bridget would be a veggie. So on the one hand the Flannerys and Danny were com­ pletely grateful Bridget was alive. And on the other hand, sometimes Mr. Flannery said that maybe the O’Malleys were luckier than they realized. Maury was at peace. ” As the service ended, Danny didn’t want to think about 52 Maury; and he couldn’t bear to look at Coach and Mrs. O. as they put their arms around the coffin—as though they were trying to pick up Maury and take her home. The O’Malley boys finally had to gently pull them away.

34 Amber had to catch herself. ” Maureen was sixteen. Although she was little, only a hair over five feet tall, just exactly the same as Bridget Flannery. The Dyno Mites, everybody called them. Almost everyone in ED had stood hushed in a silent homage as they passed—running, first with Bridget, then with Maureen—for the elevator, headed up to surgery. As if the doctors and nurses might salute, Amber thought. She sighed and set to work. The bay looked like a battlefield. It always did. Amber drew the curtains.

Bridget’s brain had banged back and forth against her skull like a balloon in a jar at the time of the impact; and as the doc­ tor explained, like any bruised part of the body, it swelled. She debated the radical step of removing a section of bone to allow the swelling to run its course. That proved to be one more bullet they could dodge. Daily, the swelling went down. The doctors were pleased and surprised by Bridget’s improvement. But she didn’t wake up. It was more than four days now. Finally, the team—the pediatrician, Dr.

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