This is Grady Sinclair’s story. We start in the past, 13 years ago right before Christmas when Grady was only 18. We get a glimpse at a day in the life of a Sinclair, and it isn’t pretty. The patriarch of the family, Martin Sinclair, is truly a terror. As to whether or not his father is the cause of Grady’s social anxiety is unclear, but the man definitely doesn’t make it better.
I already feel for Grady and just want to ball him up in a blanket and stroke his hair like a little kitten. Then make him some chocolate chip cookies!
The other Sinclair siblings are present but the only one mentioned by name is Evan.
The events of this Christmas changes the family forever, but not because of the loss but because of the gain. I don’t think anyone actually enjoyed themselves this time of year, not even Martin.
Are there any holiday’s or holiday events you particularly dread? I find the pull of everyone at the holiday time to travel to their location is quite daunting. If teleports existed and they were free, I could just pop over to everyone’s house, but they don’t and so that’s why we just stay home.
Written by J. S. Scott
Read by Elizabeth Powers
These are my musings as I listen/read this story!