A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel

A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel

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by Garrison Keillor
     
 

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The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing)

Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow, a country- bumpkin-turned-energy-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago. Even down with the stomach

Overview

The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing)

Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow, a country- bumpkin-turned-energy-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago. Even down with the stomach bug, Mrs. Sparrow yearns to see The Nutcracker while James yearns only to escape-the faux-cheer, the bitter cold, the whole Christmas season. An urgent phone call from his hometown of Looseleaf, North Dakota, sends James into the midst of his lunatic relatives and a historic blizzard. As he hunkers weather the storm, the electricity goes out and James is visited by a parade of figures who deliver him an epiphany worthy of the season, just in time to receive Mrs. Sparrow's wonderful Christmas gift. Garrison Keillor's holiday farce is the perfect gift for the millions of fans who tune into A Prairie Home Companion every week.

Editorial Reviews

Kristi Lanier
…has clear parallels to Dickens's A Christmas Carol—except it's nuttier…In this manic lead-up to Christmas Eve, Keillor exhibits his brilliance for drawing spot-on caricatures.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Keillor returns to the snowy Midwest to deliver a Dickensian tale of Chicago yuppies James and Joyce Sparrow, who venture to Looseleaf, N. Dak., to see James's dying uncle, braving a deadly blizzard and equally deadly small town eccentrics. The simple and well-written story is taken to fresh heights by the author's obvious pleasure in reading his own work. This polished production brims with seasonal cheer, caustic wit, and Keillor's signature folksy style. A Viking hardcover. (Nov.)
Washington Post
“In this manic lead-up to Christmas Eve, Keillor exhibits his brilliance for drawing spon-on caricatures.”
The Washington Post
Plain Dealer
“Rife with imagination and humor.”
Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143119883
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
754,602
Product dimensions:
7.74(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota-one more English major. The writer and host of A Prairie Home Companion, he is also the author of the bestselling Lake Wobegon novels. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
August 7, 1942
Place of Birth:
Anoka, Minnesota
Education:
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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A Christmas Blizzard 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
booknan More than 1 year ago
This is one of the strangest book I've read. It was like a dream sequence, actually more of a nightmare. Kind of like a ghoulish Scrooge, with neuroses and freaks. If you long to hear Keilor's familiar voice, this is not the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a warm and fuzzy read over the holidays, this wasn't it. It was a strange story and my mind kept wonder about the next book I would be reading. Not captivating enough.
JoKizoner More than 1 year ago
Garry, I can call you Garry, right? I've seen you do PHC live many times. I've listened for 20 years. I've spent most of my adulthood in Lake Wobegon at some point. So I see this little book on B&N's website that I hadn't read and I thought, "A Christmas story...how wonderful and topical and I'm traveling and I have time to read", and I buy it. What a wonderful decision. This is a light and airy story of one mans' fate at the hands of a cruel harsh season. It is a delight to read for all fans of GK. And if you aren't or haven't been-well, it's a short easy introduction to the GK style of story telling that is at once captivating and funny, and in the end rewarding and warrm. And hey, if you don't like it, I guarantee you will know someone who will, and at that point give it away. Share this story.
KimberleyKoz More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Garrison Keillor for years. A Christmas Blizzard didn't disappoint me. I savored the chapters throughout my chaotic holiday season, setting aside quiet time to be able to fully appreciate the nutty characters and imaginative twists and turns in this story. Funny and almost hallucinogenic with imagination, this is a book I intend to read again, and recommend to anyone who would appreciate a truly untraditional Christmas story.
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What the frick! Why did some one lie about this girls death! If she really did die then i feel bad but if not what kind of person would lie a lie like THT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Siblings are soooo annoying.I feel bad for u. yours must be really annoying!You should see my brother!!!!One day he got dandalion seeds and put them in my hair for no good reson.he just decided to be annoying that day i guess. Come join immortalclan at shoh result two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not sure if the person is dead or not. If shes dead then i will miss her. If shes just lost her nook then i hope shell get it back soon.
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I feel so bad
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More great stories from Garrison Keillor.
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Garrison Keillor has been busy of late, writing a great deal and writing very well. A Christmas Blizzard made a fantastic gift for the season, especially for those of us in Lake Wobegon country.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
At the beginning, this tale was laugh out loud funny and entertaining. Yet, by the time I read to chapter nine, page fifty-four, my interest in James' plight had diminished; therefore lack of interest stopped me at page fifty-four and I did not read any further. This novel is good to read as a storm story, you know, when there is a storm brewing outside and you have no other story to read.
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