By Zoe Foster
If the satan wears Prada, then God wears los angeles Mer.
Hannah Atkins - the lady probably to be carrying unblended beginning, orange wrists or a wobbly path of liquid eyeliner - has bluffed her approach into the location of good looks editor at Gloss journal. simply as she's carving a direction into the glossy international of guerrilla air kisses, achingly hip PR campaigns and goodie-bag overload, she reads approximately her boyfriend and one other woman within the gossip pages of the neighborhood rag. Then she will get dumped. via text.
Vowing to claw again a few dignity and make her ex remorse what he's performed, Hannah adopts a manifesto of hardcore principles. Don't turn into most sensible neighbors with the feared women at paintings. Don't drink fourteen glasses of Moët & Chandon at PR launches. Don't move domestic with beside the point males. and definitely don't get all besotted together with your top friend's brother.
As her principles begin to slip away, Hannah reveals herself having to choose extra vital issues than simply the precise color of lip gloss . . .
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I kept the English dictionary too, but didn't feel that really counted since I perpetrated this deed in order to reeducate myself. And then there was the mobile phone I'd found. I'd definitely handed that to the boss, I was sure. And yes, I had boyfriends, but it wasn't like I was breaking up marriages. So what other mistakes had I made, I wondered, what other sins had I committed? Heavenly Bastard in the Sky, how the fuck had I ended up in a police station? Our endless and seemingly hopeless wait dragged on.
I called it my Chairman Mao drawer, and a very solemn drawer it was. The Wubi typing-course certificate, the Modern American Literature Knowledge Approved certificate, the certificate for speaking 'Crazy English', the driving theory certificate... they all went into the Mao drawer. It also contained my TV insurance, my electricity account, my bank statement, my telephone bills and my virus vaccination certificate. The drawer was overflowing. Mao was choking on the mounting evidence that I was becoming someone who could contribute to the modern state.
The children would clamber around on the rubbish dump all day long. Their high-spirited screams and shouts were so loud they reached my room on the 12th floor. I could hardly hear myself think. I've been blessed with cockroaches in every place I've lived in Beijing, but it was in the Chinese Rose Garden that I was truly anointed. My apartment was their Mecca. They spent the entire time multiplying. A female cockroach can produce 300 eggs in her lifetime, and it only takes a few weeks for an egg to become an adult.
Air Kisses by Zoe Foster