A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel

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Penguin, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 192 pages
16 Reviews
The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing)

Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow, a country- bumpkin-turned-energy-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago. Even down with the stomach bug, Mrs. Sparrow yearns to see The Nutcracker while James yearns only to escape-the faux-cheer, the bitter cold, the whole Christmas season. An urgent phone call from his hometown of Looseleaf, North Dakota, sends James into the midst of his lunatic relatives and a historic blizzard. As he hunkers weather the storm, the electricity goes out and James is visited by a parade of figures who deliver him an epiphany worthy of the season, just in time to receive Mrs. Sparrow's wonderful Christmas gift. Garrison Keillor's holiday farce is the perfect gift for the millions of fans who tune into A Prairie Home Companion every week.


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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Started this book on a road trip to South Dakota which resulted in some Christmas snow. Another good Garrison Keillor story that spins out details, characters, and geography of the upper great plains. Read full review

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

This quirky little tale will undoubtedly appeal to some people while it may annoy others. Not your standard Keillor offering and not a retelling of Dickens’ tale, it has a charm all its own. Stranded ... Read full review


James Sparrow awakens too early and is besieged by the mean Christmas blues
Unpleasant memories of the joyous season
A brief background on how he came to acquire his enormous fortune
A rocky beginning to a difficult
He only wishes for a little pleasureis that too much to ask?
The intractable problem of pump handles
An old argument rears its sweet little head once again
A phone call from the past
A night on Lake Winnesissibigosh
To his surprise the wolf turns out to be someone he used to know quite well
In the terminal zone
Jamess inner resolve is sorely tested in the dark waters
Awakening to a new morning he starts to feel at peace with the world
A sťance with Faye
He meets his dying uncle who is in fine fettle indeed
Leos secret mission

Why he must change plans and fly to Looseleaf
He descends through the storm into the land of dark memor
Into the storm he goes with only minutes to spare before the airport closes
In the Coyote Coffee Shop on Parnassus Avenue he meets his wise
Christmas Eve arrives

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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

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