The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story

The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story

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by Richard Preston, George Henry Jennings, George Henry Jennings
     
 
In 1969, William Foster, Sr., a thirty-three-year-old army reserve soldier, is lost in action in Vietnam. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sarah Ann; a six-year-old daughter, Lila; and a thirteen-year-old son, Will, Jr. They live in a trailer on the coast of Maine, and parked beside the trailer is their father's beautiful but unreliable lobster boat, the Sarah

Overview

In 1969, William Foster, Sr., a thirty-three-year-old army reserve soldier, is lost in action in Vietnam. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sarah Ann; a six-year-old daughter, Lila; and a thirteen-year-old son, Will, Jr. They live in a trailer on the coast of Maine, and parked beside the trailer is their father's beautiful but unreliable lobster boat, the Sarah Ann. The Sarah Ann's graceful curves and beautiful wood are a painful daily reminder of Will Sr.'s plans and dreams -- dreams now lost with him.

The December afternoons are lonely and dark for Lila and Will, who must come home alone from school while their mother works. They get scared when they find evidence that someone has been visiting the trailer, and when they come home to find a rugged, cantankerous, somewhat smelly old man watching TV, it takes them a while to realize he's...Santa Claus.

What Santa does with the lobster boat and how he handles Will's one and only Christmas dream -- to have his dad back -- is the story of The Boat of Dreams. It brings laughter, surprises, and tears and tells through an unforgettable story how love is the one power that can overcome all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The gloomy days of a Maine winter seem colder and darker for Will Jr., Lila and their mother, Sarah Ann, as Christmas 1969 approaches-the first without their dad, a lobsterman, who was sent to Vietnam the year before and lost in action. Practically penniless, Sarah Ann refuses to sell the lobster boat her husband named for her-the family's one valuable possession-and instead scrapes by working at a local supermarket. Alone in their trailer after school each evening, the children are visited by Santa's surly specter: a beer-guzzling, B.O.-ridden ghost who camps out in their recliner to watch afternoon soap operas and showers in vain to remove his otherworldly stench. Sleighless and no longer capable of bringing physical gifts to the world's children after an unfortunate collision with the Hoover Dam, Santa's spirit enlists Will and Lila to help spread Christmas dreams with their dad's old boat and confront their own loss. Free of the usual holiday sugar overdose, Preston's inventive, droll story was originally written for a friend who was dying of breast cancer; a portion of the book's proceeds will go toward cancer research. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743245920
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Richard Preston is the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Cobra Event. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1985 and lives near New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hopewell, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1954
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Pomona College, 1976; Ph.D. in English, Princeton University, 1983
Website:
http://richardpreston.net/

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The Boat of Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Overby More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I'm 63, been there and done that, as cynical as they come, but this book filled me with that old time Christmas spirit and wonder that I'd hoped I hadn't lost and now I know I haven't. If this doesn't get made into a movie, millions of people will be missing out on a wonderful story. Read it now.