“The Semplica Girl Diaries,” y’all.
One of the best short stories I’ve ever read. Anywhere. Anyhow.
George Saunders quadruple dog dared “The Gift of the Magi,” plunking it into the suburbs, replacing romantic love with parental love, wringing such pathos out of the ghastliest aspects of late capitalism.
And the story absolutely gets girls. Spoilers ahoy.