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5 girls at severe crossroads of their lives come jointly during this gem of a singular set on an island off the coast of Vancouver

After the fireplace introduces a quintet of very diversified girls as they fight with abandonment, loss, and new beginnings—both jointly and by myself. there's Karen Tasuki, who lately separated from her companion and wonders if she’ll ever get used to being on my own . . . till she befriends crimson, who cleans homes for the island’s privileged population. leave out James is the eccentric Southern spinster born on the flip of the century. Milly Forbes is a lady whose husband “went scot loose after stealing 20 years of her life.” And the practical Henrietta “Hen” Hawkins yearns for her absent, ailing husband. On a rural island that they dub a “used-wife lot,” the 5 heroines nurture each other as they take care of loneliness, demise, and renewed lifestyles. Imbued with wit and compassion, After the fireplace is a singular approximately girls loving girls and ladies aiding women—and the bond that transcends age, race, or even gender.

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QUINN and FITZ share a look. They should leave the old ham on the ground but they need to recharge him. QUINN. And yet… she calls you. A pause. DUNNE (feigning weakness). Calls me? Does she, Quinn? QUINN. The bird again sings… and this time by Penelope’s open door. The melody of the bird’s voice, of what it means, has you standing again, Dunne. Anxiety falls from your fingertips… and evaporates. DUNNE. What power I feel. QUINN (instructing him). Well, get up then. DUNNE gets his body upright. DUNNE.

FITZ. Done. QUINN. Now shit it out! From this moment on we build anew, lads! FITZ. A new what? What are we building?! DUNNE. A company! FITZ. An actual company!? DUNNE. It is a company, right? QUINN. Exactly… DUNNE. A group of men with a common ideology, a collective direction! That’s what you’re suggesting, Quinn! We’re building a company right here! FITZ. Do we get to wear a uniform? QUINN. We don’t have time for that. DUNNE. A motto! A motto’s essential! Possibly in Latin. BURNS. ’ FITZ. Meaning?

All this time she’s never opened her curtain and shown herself but it was Fitz’s words and for the first time honest words…! FITZ. And it’s impossible to say where this honesty has come from! DUNNE (grandly). From the tiniest light within your darkened soul. FITZ (in awe). Holy God! DUNNE. Of course she may have been stunned by my poetry earlier… QUINN (to DUNNE). Oh, shut up! BURNS. We had a chance, Quinn! DUNNE. …woke from her reverie and searched out my melodious tones! She did meet my eye just then, Fitz!

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