Still Me –

ChapterIt was the mustache that reminded me I was no longer in England a solid, gray millipede firmly obscuring the mans upper lip a Village People mustache, a cowboy mustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business You just didnt get that kind of mustache at home I couldnt tear my eyes from it Maam The only person I had ever seen with a mustache like that at home was Mr Naylor, our maths teacher, and he collected Digestive crumbs in hiswe used to count them during algebra Maam Oh Sorry The man in the uniform motioned me forward with a flick of his stubby finger He did not look up from his screen I waited at the booth, longhaul sweat drying gently into my dress He held up his hand, waggling four fat fingers This, I grasped after several seconds, was a demand for my passport Name Its there, I said Your name, maam Louisa Elizabeth Clark I peered over the counter Though I never use the Elizabeth bit Because my mum realized after they named me that that would make me Lou Lizzy And if you say that really fast it sounds like lunacy Though my dad says thats kind of fitting Not that Im a lunatic I mean, you wouldnt want lunatics in your country Hah My voice bounced nervously off the Plexiglas screen The man looked at me for the first time He had solid shoulders and a gaze that could pin you like a Tazer He did not smile He waited until my own faded Sorry, I said People in uniform make me nervous I glanced behind me at the immigration hall, at the snaking queue that had doubled back on itself so many times it had become an impenetrable, restless sea of people I think Im feeling a bit odd from standing in that queue That is honestly the longest queue Ive ever stood in Id begun to wonder whether to start my Christmas list Put your hand on the scanner Is it always that size The scanner He frowned The queue But he was no longer listening He was studying something on his screen I put my fingers on the little pad And then my phone dinged Mum Have you landed I went to tap an answer with my free hand but he turned sharply toward me Maam, you are not permitted to use cell phones in this area Its just my mum She wants to know if Im here I surreptitiously tried to press the thumbsup emoji as I slid the phone out of view Reason for travel What is that came Mums immediate reply She had taken to texting like a duck to water and could now do it faster than she could speak Which was basically warp speed You know my phone doesnt do the little pictures Is that an SOS Louisa tell me youre okay Reasons for travel, maam The mustache twitched with irritationHe added, slowly What are you doing here in the United States I have a new job Which is Im going to work for a family in New York Central Park Just briefly, the mans eyebrows might have raised a millimeter He checked the address on my form, confirming it What kind of job Its a bit complicated But Im sort of a paid companion A paid companion Its like this I used to work for this man I was his companion, but I would also give him his meds and take him out and feed him Thats not as weird as it sounds, by the wayhe had no use of his hands It wasnt like something pervy Actually my last job ended up asthan that, because its hard not to get close to people you look after and Willthe manwas amazing and weWell, we fell in love Too late, I felt the familiar welling of tears I wiped at my eyes briskly So I think itll be sort of like that Except for the love bit And the feeding The immigration officer was staring at me I tried to smile Actually, I dont normally cry talking about jobs Im not like an actual lunatic, despite my name Hah But I loved him And he loved me And then heWell, he chose to end his life So this is sort of my attempt to start over The tears were now leaking relentlessly, embarrassingly, from the corners of my eyes I couldnt seem to stop them I couldnt seem to stop anything Sorry Must be the jet lag Its something like two oclock in the morning in normal time, right Plus I dont really talk about him any I mean, I have a new boyfriend And hes great Hes a paramedic And hot Thats like winning the boyfriend lottery, right A hot paramedic I scrabbled around in my handbag for a tissue When I looked up the man was holding out a box I took one Thank you So, anyway, my friend Nathanhes from New Zealandworks here and he helped me get this job and I dont really know what it involves yet, apart from looking after this rich mans wife who gets depressed But Ive decided this time Im going to live up to what Will wanted for me, because before I didnt get it right I just ended up working in an airport I froze Notuhthat theres anything wrong with working at an airport Im sure immigration is a very important job Really important But I have a plan Im going to do something new every week that Im here and Im going to say yes Say yes To new things Will always said I shut myself off from new experiences So this is my plan The officer studied my paperwork You didnt fill the address section out properly I need a zip code He pushed the form toward me I checked the number on the sheet that I had printed out and filled it in with trembling fingers I glanced to my left, where the queue at my section was growing restive At the front of the next queue a Chinese family was being questioned by two officials As the woman protested, they were led into a side room I felt suddenly very alone The immigration officer peered at the people waiting And then, abruptly, he stamped my passport Good luck, Louisa Clark, he said I stared at him Thats it Thats it I smiled Oh, thank you Thats really kind I mean, its quite weird being on the other side of the world by yourself for the first time, and now I feel a bit like I just met my first nice new person and You need to move along now, maam Of course Sorry I gathered up my belongings and pushed a sweaty frond of hair from my face And, maamYes I wondered what I had got wrong now He didnt look up from his screen Be careful what you say yes to Ce texte fait r f rence l dition ReliPraise for Still Me Delightful PeopleFull of charming antics Entertaining Associated Press Still Meoffers a warm conclusion to theMe Before Youtrilogyresulting in thebest entry in thetrilogy yetMoyes has crafted a clear eyed tale of self discovery and the sacrifice required to live a life honestly in pursuit of the things you love It will keep you sighing with delight to the very last page A Entertainment Weekly online Jojo s work never fails to bring a smile to my face with her honesty, humour and empathy about what it is to be humanStill Me is a must read Emilia Clarke While the series may have started off as a romance, Jojo Moyes has turned Louisa Clark s story into one about learning to be, and to love, yourselfBustleYou sobbed through Me Before You You sped through After You And now, Lou is back in Still Me dont miss this funny, romantic third installmentHelloGigglesEntertaining, often very funnyNewsdayMoyess easy way of making you instantly care for her characters deeply prevails goopMoyess many fans and newcomers alike will be satisfied by the humor, riveting story, and realistic and well developed characters Publishers Weekly Louisa is the perfect mix of daffy and brilliant, a sartorial risk taker with a knack for solving other peoples problems It is utterly satisfying to watch her tackle her own Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Graeme Simsions The Rosie Projectwill want to start at the beginning Moyes fans will be clamoring for the return of Louisa Clark Booklist starred review Praise for After You Jojo Moyes has a hit withAfter You USA Today Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcys eventual death Alice after Gertrude Wilbur after Charlotte The aftermath is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future Maureen Corrigan,Fresh Air, NPR The genius of Moyesis that she peers deftly into class issues, social s, and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer And yet there is always resolution Its not always easy, its not always perfect, its sometimes messy and not completely satisfying But sometimes it is Bobbi Dumas, NPRCharmingPeople Expect tears and belly laughs fromMe Before Yous much anticipated sequelCosmopolitanMoyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working class Brits A Maeve Binchy for the st century Kirkus ReviewsA heart tugger Good Housekeeping Like its predecessorMe Before You , After You is a comic and breezy novel that also tackles bigger,difficult subjects, in this case grief and moving on We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if its not always happy, there is an ever after Miami Herald Once again, Moyes delivers a heart wrenching and relatable book about love and loss that will stay with you long after youve finishedInStyleMoyes wisely knows that life changing events dont always change our lives for the better After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel you neededEntertainment WeeklyPraise for Me Before YouA hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novelI will stake my reputation on this book Anne Lamott, People When I finished this novel, I didnt want to review it I wanted to reread it An affair to remember The New York Times Book Review An unlikely love storyTo be devoured like candy, between tears O, The Oprah Magazine Funny and moving but never predictable USA Today four stars Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Reli

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