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***Skipping Christmas

by John Grisham

Reviewed December 15, 2001.
Doubleday.  2001.  177 pages.  Available at Sembach Library (F GRI).

I confess, I was feeling a bit frustrated by Christmas when this book was checked in.  Every day, the radio announced that Tuesday was the deadline for mailing packages to the States to arrive by Christmas.  With my husband out of town, I was struggling simply to get my kids to school each day, and I knew I was going to be nowhere near the deadline.  You can see the appeal of the title.

Luther and Nora Krank’s daughter Blair has joined the Peace Corps and gone to Peru for a year.  Christmas won’t be the same without her and is hard to face.  Luther totals up the amount they spent on Christmas last year and gets a brilliant idea.  Why not skip Christmas this year?  The money they save will be more than enough to go on a cruise together.

The neighbors aren’t happy with the Kranks’ plan, especially when they are the only family in the neighborhood without a Frosty on the roof.  They stick to their guns, well, almost to the end.

This book is definitely not your typical Grisham novel, but it is a lot of fun.  It made me smile and got me out of my Grinchy mood.

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