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

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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 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.

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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
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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