In November middle aged Luther and Nora Krank wave goodbye to their daughter as she joins the Peace Corps and travels to Peru to help underprivileged children.
As she leaves, Luther decides that since the nest is empty, they will skip Christmas this year and instead they plan a ten day cruise in a warm, sunny location.
While parts of this book are a tad funny, overall, I found it annoying. The characters seemed stuffy, too uppity and ostentatious.
Vowing not to crumble to the ostracism of neighbors, the Kranks do not garnish the house with lights, do not have their annual holiday party, and do not participate in office festivities.
The result of their decision is all out war from their neighbors who bombard them with leaflets, Christmas carolers and not-so subtle pressure.
When they learn their daughter is coming home for the holidays after a short one month, they quickly scrabble to accommodate her.
Yikes...if this is Grisham's view of parenting, God help him.
Highly annoying and not recommended.