The Annie Year: A Novel - Stephanie Wilbur Ash

It started when I purchased that big black sleeping bag of a coat, right before the high school musical and the Thanksgiving holiday, specifically to wear to the quarterly meeting of the Order of the Pessimists, which liked to meet before all the holidays, that ask you to drum up renewed happiness for life.

 

The official mascot of the Order of the Pessimists:

 

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