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Skipping Christmas | [John Grisham]

Skipping Christmas

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether.
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether.

Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the Snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences, and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.

©2001 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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"A beguiling and beautifully constructed novel." (Sunday Times [UK])

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  • Lee
    Griffithstown, United Kingdom
    2/15/12
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    "Quick Christmas Cheer Up"

    Even though I have read tis book, and enjoyed the film 'Christmas with the Kranks' - I had a bit of DIY to do, and at 4 hours this is a perfect fill.

    I love John Grisham, and when he leaves law behind, I always feel a new lease of life for his writing. The writing is fast and edgy, with a great quirkiness. Really enjoyed the voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Bungay, United Kingdom
    12/29/11
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    "Very un-John Gresham but great!"

    I was introduced to this story by a friend several years ago and since then it has been obligatory listening every Christmas. On first hearing you will be on the edge of your seat wondering how far Hemlock will go in the quest for conformity. The narration is first class and sweeps you along, perfectly capturing the relationship between Luther and Nora. If you can, set aside 4 hours and listen to it in one go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    United Kingdom
    11/30/11
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    "Christmas with the Kranks...but better!"

    I have to admit that I first came across this little gem after the film version hit our screens a few years ago. Re-titled "Christmas with the Kranks" for Hollywood purposes - both the film and this book have become a staple part of my festive diet ever since!
    Short enough to read/listen to in an afternoon (preferably on the sofa with a box of chocs and a big mug of tea) this is a story which not only brings home how materialistic Christmas has become but also how communities will pull together in times of need - especially at this "most wonderful time of the year".
    I love this book!

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