This winter, meet the new Scrooge! An excerpt from Elizabeth Hand’s Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol:
His cousin’s career and domestic life were shiny perverse reflections of Brendan’s own—immense financial success, gorgeous ex-model spouse, perfect children, perfect Potomac home, perfect perfect perfect.
Brendan eyed his cousin suspiciously. “Is something wrong?” he asked, fighting the faintest, crudest spasm of glee at the thought.