Isabel Bolton, the Christmas Tree
It is Christmas 1945 and wealthy New Yorker Mrs. Hilly Danforth, recalls Christmases past, and determines that her grandson, Henry, shall have a Christmas tree. Henry lives with his grandmother because her son, Larry, and his wife, Anne, are divorced. As Anne explains it, “He was . . . the type she always fell for-the invert, the schizophrene, the artist. Men like that were never normal sexually” (p. 30).