Comfort and Joy: A Novel

Comfort and Joy: A Novel

by India Knight

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Overview

If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas...

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last- minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143119814
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

India Knight is a bestselling writer and columnist for The Sunday Times in London, where she lives with her three children.

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Comfort and Joy 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mooknits on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick easy read with no real substance at all. This book wasn't really about much at all apart from the musing of one woman, twice divorced with three children and a whole host of standard "crazy" family and friends. Been there done that - nice enough to read over the festive period though.
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comfort and Joy follows Clara Dunphy backwards and forwards through her life to all the significant Christmases she encounters. She is a British everywoman - mother, wife, and daughter who is forever determined to make every Christmas the perfect day for her large brood of friends, family, and ex-husbands. Yearly she drives herself to the brink of madness searching for the perfect presents, cooking the requisite giant meal, and trying to maintain harmony among her troops.I'm sure that many people will recognize bits and pieces of themselves and their own holiday mania in Comfort and Joy. Still, Clara's circumstances were just a little more extreme, out of control, and weird than the average Christmas. Year after year she seemed to land in full family drama. After the first few years it felt like maybe Clara was one of those people who creates drama where ever they go. I started to feel less and less sorry for her and by the end couldn't much relate to her. Some parts were funny and I found a few of the characters, her mother especially, endearing. I guess I just prefer the traditional, cheesy Christmas stories.I listened to Comfort and Joy on audio read by Anne Flosnik. She has a thick, British accent that goes well with the story and suits Clara's character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clara has children, ex-husbands, and maybe a lover. She also thinks too much! Good conversations, laugh out loud quips, and fun to read.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Comfort and Joy follows Clara Dunphy backwards and forwards through her life to all the significant Christmases she encounters. She is a British everywoman - mother, wife, and daughter who is forever determined to make every Christmas the perfect day for her large brood of friends, family, and ex-husbands. Yearly she drives herself to the brink of madness searching for the perfect presents, cooking the requisite giant meal, and trying to maintain harmony among her troops. I'm sure that many people will recognize bits and pieces of themselves and their own holiday mania in Comfort and Joy. Still, Clara's circumstances were just a little more extreme, out of control, and weird than the average Christmas. Year after year she seemed to land in full family drama. After the first few years it felt like maybe Clara was one of those people who creates drama where ever they go. I started to feel less and less sorry for her and by the end couldn't much relate to her. Some parts were funny and I found a few of the characters, her mother especially, endearing. I guess I just prefer the traditional, cheesy Christmas stories. I listened to Comfort and Joy on audio read by Anne Flosnik. She has a thick, British accent that goes well with the story and suits Clara's character.