I am the worst person ever, dear readers, because I have gotten HUGELY behind in my Charm! recapping duties. Depriving you of the saga of Avery & Co. for so long is just cruel. Things just got so insane, what with the whole "Diego is the TMK on GH" thing and the "Stripper Pole at Fusion on AMC That I am SO Writing About Soon" thing and the "Javier Bardem is totally sexy" thing. Please forgive me.
When we last left our fair heroine, she was having dinner with newly discovered sister Lucy and dealing with the fallout of her discovery that her birth mother is Patricia Lucas, a once famous actress who only gave birth to A. because she was afraid of having a botched abortion and mulling over the idea of dating the mysterious Brad Henry who seems to have a shady past.
Lucy and Avery dine at a fashionable restaurant near Lincoln Center, specifically chosen because Avery thought Lucy would like the "seen and be seen" factor there. They dine on salad, pasta and white wine. They make a toast to sisterhood and Avery asks Lucy to spill the details of her life.
Lucy's life, thus far, has been boring: her parents divorced and both remarried before she was in high school, then her mother married again before she went to college and, finally, she wound up in New York. Her father was a movie producer who turned his back on Hollywood and moved to Costa Rica with his second wife to run an eco-resort.
She grew up in Beverly Hills and, coincidentally, went to the same school as Parker, though Parker was a few years older. They have a good laugh about Parker's wild child ways. Avery asks about Patricia, and Lucy wonders if she's ever going to call her "Mom". Avery points out that she's only known her for a few days and really wants to know what Patricia is like as a mother. Lucy says that actresses don't work so well as mothers; Patricia was, obviously, self-absorbed and didn't pay her daughter much attention and Lucy would up being very lonely. Avery pities her sister for being "overweight and a little clumsy".
Patricia would fall in love and run away, returning with a new husband. Her second husband was creepy, but he was rich enough to balance out the fact that Patricia's career was on a downward spiral, and her third husband was a very sweet cinematographer who eventually left, and Patricia never really got over it.
Avery wonders if Patricia ever mentioned her and is disappointed to hear that she did not. Lucy tries to make her feel better by telling her that when Patricia finally did tell her about the older daughter she gave up for adoption, she said that she felt guilty and empty without Avery, and Avery is happy to hear that Patricia feels guilty.
Lucy asks how Avery feels about their mother, and Avery non-answers that she's glad she knows the truth and still needs some time to sort out her feelings. She tells Lucy the sanitized version of her life story (middle class, only child, nothing fun), but feels badly about not being able to tell her sister the whole truth. She feels ashamed about her past again some more, because I don't think that point was driven home yet, despite being mentioned in every chapter.
Lucy says that Avery is making up for her boring childhood with such a glam job. Avery says that her job requires a lot of hard work.
They make a toast to Avery's amazingness and Lucy says she wishes Avery wasn't so pretty. Avery, who is kind of an asshole sometimes, says that Lucy is "very attractive" and thinks to herself that "when the time was right, Avery would make some suggestions on Lucy's wardrobe, treat her to a gym membership and teach her a few makeup tips". (p. 68)
But for now, Lucy is just an ugly, poorly dressed behemoth living in Williamsburg with two friends she went to Middlebury with. She hints that she's looking for a job, and Avery offers her an assistant position, but warns her that she's going to have to earn the right to keep it.