My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Christmas Eve in Bangkok by Morgan McFinn is what you get when you take six diverse, well-drawn characters and lock them in a room together. The short story is told from the viewpoint of a cynical, snarky writer who has volunteered with five other people to answer phone calls from depressed Americans on Christmas Eve. Despite the solemn subject matter, the story is laugh-out-loud funny.
My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly. I would have liked to have seen the group breakfast together on Christmas morning and make their farewells–but that might be because I didn’t want the story to end.
If you would like a quick read from a masterful author this Christmas, I highly recommend Christmas Eve in Bangkok. (And although the author never said so, I totally believe the story is true.)