... see the ponies tied to a picnic table in the backyard, nipping at the meager
grass that pushed up through the snow. At some point, Marcy produced a
sausage and egg casserole which we ate while waiting for the twins to finish 63
the holiday ...
Author: Michael Knight
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
“Truman Capote, Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas all used Christmas . . . The Holiday Season joins this crowded table and . . . makes itself at home” (The New York Times Book Review). Hilarious and heartbreaking, The Holiday Season and its companion piece, Love at the End of the Year, are tender ruminations on the nature of family, the power of love, and a particularly complicated time of year. In The Holiday Season, father Jeff Posey and sons Ted and Frank are still trying to figure out how to be a family three years after the death of the wife and mother who bound them together. As the holidays threaten to unearth the usual myriad of emotions and memories, fractures in their relationships begin to splinter over what should be, but never are, relatively unimportant problems . . . The second novella, Love at the End of the Year, is an intoxicating tale that weighs up love in all its many forms over the course of a single, magical Alabama New Year’s Eve as a series of humorous vignettes explore how relationships begin, how they end, and how insane they can make every one of us. Here, the acclaimed author of The Typist celebrates the holidays with a duet of stories that are “quirky, humorous, smart, and sad,” offering a unique view of our world that “gets to the heart of loneliness, family, and the hope of love without crying a river of false sentiment or cheer that fades with the season” (Style Weekly).