Comfort and Joy: A Novel

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Penguin, Sep 27, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
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If Bridget Jones had two ex-husbands, three children, and invited her entire extended family over for Christmas...

It's December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up "a few last- minute bits and bobs." Despite the frenzy, the twice-divorced mother of three loves Christmas and always wants to make it perfect. A challenge even in the best of times, but particularly when "family" means an extended network of in-laws, out-laws, ex-stepfathers, and hangers-on, totaling sixteen. Is the madness of Christmas really worth it? Clara is a witty, blackly funny everywoman who will win over anyone who has ever longed to shut out the holidays with "a giant martini . . . and some olives."


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User Review  - katiekrug - LibraryThing

This was better than I was expecting and a nice holiday read. It follows one woman and her motley group of friends and family over three Christmas celebrations, during which she learns what it means ... Read full review

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User Review  - aine.fin - LibraryThing

Bit of Christmasy fun. Follows Clara over three Christmases as she tries to keep everyone (including herself) happy during the festivities. Simple story but polished intelligent language. If you enjoy India Knight's columns I imagine you would enjoy this too. Read full review


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India Knight is a bestselling writer and columnist for The Sunday Times in London, where she lives with her three children.

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