Babe in Toyland by Eugenie Seifer Olson

By Eugenie Seifer Olson

Dive into the occasionally horny, occasionally sinister, regularly hilarious global of affection and motion figures within the toy with Eugenie Seifer, the quirky, clever new writer for Avon alternate. Toby Morris is 25 and prepared for a few pleasure. Her activity at a wide toy corporation is lengthy on crammed animals, radio–controlled racers, and job units, yet brief on genuine delight. whilst her former artwork college blood brother lands a role at an area television station and Toby tunes into the weekend information, she quickly unearths all of the pleasure she'd ever requested for––through an infatuation with a tender, good-looking weatherman. As she slowly turns into keen about Doppler radar, typhoon trajectories, and cloud disguise, Toby starts to ship him nameless poems ("if you love those poems/and the sentiments I speak/please put on your eco-friendly tie/on Thursday subsequent week) and letters commence flying. it sort of feels as if Toby has virtually discovered her real love, until eventually a botched prank leaves Toby pondering how she'll ever climate the hurricane. yet what is arising for Toby is whatever no weekend weatherman may ever expect.

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Michael is placidly peeling open the husks of an ear of corn and peering inside. He grimaces and tosses it back on the pile. “We don’t need corn, anyway,” I say impatiently. ” We are in the Super Fresh on Pine Street, and like all true urban supermarkets, it’s small, dirty, cramped, and quick to ignite my temper. Michael slowly pulls up to me with the shopping cart, leans forward, and puts his elbows on the handle. His face is level with mine, and I watch him as his eyes dart back and forth over the apple display.

Sorry, Toby, just some freak who needs something finished soon. ” “He lives in the basement of his parents’ house. I don’t need that. Besides, I think I like someone. ” I look at my desk calendar and gulp when I realize that it’s been four days since I promised myself to call Jenna and compliment her on her news graphics. P. Cody, of course. “Really? ” “I can’t say right here. ” “You better. All right, I have to leave for a lunch meeting. I’ll be sure to get the tofu quotient for you,” she says, snorting as she hangs up.

The search for a place to live was so painless that I took it as a very good sign, and we ended up on a tree-lined street close to the art museum. Our house is a trinity, so called because it is made of three tiny floors, each stacked directly on top of the last and connected by a labyrinth of narrow, steep staircases. Michael grimaces when he sees the Wanamaker’s bag, the end of which is now rolled under and damp from sweat. ” he asks, crinkling his nose. He picks up the newspaper from the couch, sits down, and flips through it absently.

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