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Skipping Christmas (original 2001; edition 2001)

by John Grisham

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Title:Skipping Christmas
Authors:John Grisham
Info:New York : Doubleday, c2001.
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Tags:Christmas, fiction

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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (2001)

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  csc10627 | Feb 5, 2016 |
An American couple, whose daughter has just left home, decide to skip Christmas entirely for one year. Enjoyable light ironic humour, in a style somewhat reminiscent of Anne Tyler. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Heartwarming

Lovely festive read and a little better than the film. One to escape and relax with over the festive period. ( )
  JonBurton | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Krank family doesn't want to experience another boring, debt-filled Christmas. Nora and Luther Krank decide not to spend the $6100 that they spent last Christmas and take a Caribbean cruise instead. Luther thinks if he ignores the holiday completely and goes on a cruise instead that it will pass unnoticed. He learns through trials and tribulations that money and crowds and last minute shopping are not at all what Christmas is about. Some of it is downright hilarious and easy to envision.

It is a light-hearted Christmas tale that most readers will probably find transparent and predictable. But it's also fun and heartwarming. In the end, we see what the real meaning of Christmas is and why all of the trappings of the holidays are not what makes it worthwhile. Anyone who has ever been a parent will understand the decisions the Kranks made.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
As the start of Christmas seems to have been coming earlier and earlier in November (at least in the UK), this novel seemed like a timely read. Luther and Nora Krank's daughter Blair is going away on a Peace Corps mission to Peru, so they decide that, instead of subjecting themselves to the stresses, strains and expenses of Christmas at home, they will spend some of the money they would spend on all this on a Caribbean cruise instead. But the decision meets with the incomprehension and disapproval of their neighbours and, though the novel is meant to be light-hearted, I actually found the pressure to conform and harrassment they receive quite sinister. But when their daughter rings on Christmas Eve to say she is returning home unexpectedly, events take on a more comic turn and it all ends warmheartedly (though I found Nora a rather irritating character!). ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 6, 2015 |
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The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken.
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, 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 Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, 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 from a beloved storyteller, John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440242576, Mass Market Paperback)

Skipping Christmas: Christmas With The Kranks

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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents.

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