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Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

Published: 2001-11-08
Hardcover : 192 pages
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Imagine a year without the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition - this is just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they plan to skip Christmas and embark on a Caribbean cruise instead. But as this weary couple is about to discover - it's not as easy as ...
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Introduction

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences-and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.
A classic tale for modern times, "Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

Editorial Review

John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home."

Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision.

Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk

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  "A Fun Christmas Story for Modern Times"by lollygil (see profile) 01/03/10

I think we all would like to skip the Christmas work of decorating, shopping and running around, but in the end the Holiday Season takes over and we are in the Spirit!

 
  "We didn't really like this one"by aprilkyle (see profile) 12/31/09

Our club was looking for a short little book to read for Christmas - this one is short but most of our members had trouble with character's attitudes and the silly decisions they make that just create... (read more)

 
  "3.25/5 rated 2-5 by 4 members"by mindyhayes (see profile) 01/28/09

 
  "What is "tradition"?"by joleen (see profile) 12/09/08

This book brought up discussion in regards to just what is 'tradition' for the book club members present. We had a variety of ideas that other families do. Members also stated that tradtions change as... (read more)

 
  "Enjoyable Christmas read"by tedro (see profile) 01/09/08

This book is a very fast read for the holiday season. It's light-hearted, humorous, and very engaging plot can be easily related to during the fast paced, hurried, and "keeping up with the Jone's" portion... (read more)

 
  "Good read for the season but couldn't find many discussion questions"by JennyHud (see profile) 12/31/07

 
  "easy read and nice light book for busy time of year"by KLeaper (see profile) 12/30/07

 
  "As much depth as a paper cutout--skip it."by sheilafri (see profile) 12/13/07

Skipping Christmas is a light, easy read--very simplistic and not very imaginative. The main characters are one dimensional and not very engaging or sympathetic. It reduces attitudes toward Christmas... (read more)

 
  "When the daughter of a couple won't be home for Christmas, they decide to skip it altogether and go on a cruise."by kathaileen (see profile) 12/09/07

Fast. Fun. Predictable.
I was actually thinking it wasn't such a bad idea. All the money spent on intangible things or things that are forgotten weeks later. Christmas has gotten way out o
... (read more)

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