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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
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Aug 09, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

John Grisham, as most of you know, can really tell a tale. In this short book (less than 200pp) he introduces us to the Kranks, Luther and Nora, and their daughter Blair. Nora is a Christmas queen that loves to do the holidays in a big way...decorations, gifts, the tree, and a huge Christmas Eve party, and they've always done it as a family. This year, however, things are different when Blair enlists in the Peace Corps and flies to Peru the day after Thanksgiving for a year-long assignment.

Luther and Nora see her off, and then depression starts to set in. They both agree that Christmas just won't be the same without Blair. Luther gets a bright idea and convinces Nora that they should "skip Christmas", save the money they'd usually spend on their usual celebration and take a cruise instead.

Follow the adventures and misadventues that ensue when the Kranks tell their friends that they are "skipping Christmas" this year.

Grisham then takes us along for the ride as the Kranks simultaneously prepare for their trip and fend off efforts of others who feel compelled to convince them that they should NOT skip Christmas. The days tick by one by one, and the departure date creeps closer and closer. Then the completely unexpected happens...what? You'll have to read the book to find out.

Grisham's tale provides an interesting insight into the commercialization and outward trappings of Christmas on the one hand, and the true nature of universal brotherhood and community on the other.

Thanks for a great tale!

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