A Christmas Caroline: A Novel by Kyle Smith

By Kyle Smith

On a daily basis is like Christmas for Caroline, a tender blond editor at offers, the purchasing journal. each day brings extra unfastened Guccis and Pradas for her journal and her closet. however the genuine Christmas is a drag: every body will get provides. And Caroline is feeling the lack of her mysterious father greater than ever. Her great fashion designer mom is in dumpy Branson, Missouri, her redheaded assistant Ursula Heep is scheming in the back of her again, that creepy receptionist Mrs. Defarge will not cease with the knitting, and a 6' 7" soccer participant named Tiny Tim is captivated with her. On Christmas Eve, the ghost of Caroline's lifeless roommate, Carly, returns to warn that 3 extra spirits are coming. Caroline starts a visit to Christmases prior, current, and destiny, yet although she has 9 closets, she does not have something to put on. played through Nanette Savard

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Caroline cocked her hip and removed her gloves in a theatrical way, but the weight of her non-Carly-related problems began to sink in. Like what to do for Christmas, now thirteen hours away. Like how to get back at her mother. Like what to do about the creepy-crawly, the creature, the . . Thing that she hoped wouldn’t be lurking anywhere near the building today. ” but more of a resigned tongue click. A front-of-themouth sound that was the aural equivalent of rolling your eyes. The doors yawned open insouciantly as if to say, Oh, all right, tread on me, I did all this for you but it’s yours to walk all over just as you please.

Caroline loved the way he spoke in italics. It came back to her what was so exciting about him, why he had never quite left her mind: The guy was cool. It was like he had access to A Christmas Caroline 51 deeper layers of sarcasm. Caroline used sarc as well as anyone, but the mistake she made was that she only unloaded it on the stupid stuff and the stupid people. Trot had it all dead-solid clear. He could make you understand, with his mock stupidity, how stupid everything was. So why let up on the irony, ever?

When she opened her eyes, Carly’s face was gone. Mabouelezz’s was back. ” she yelled. ” said the driver. ” Caroline said. When the cab arrived at Forty-second and Seventh, Caroline was explaining to Mabouelezz for the fifteenth time that no, she couldn’t give him her number, and no, she wasn’t free that evening, especially not for falafel and a hookah. “So sorry about your contagious disease,” said the cabbie, idling on Forty-second after she stiffed him on the tip. ” The driver mimed a little phone by holding a fist to his ear with his hairy thumb and pinky extended.

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