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Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story (Large Print / Paperback)

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December 2009 Indie Next List

“Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin' is a sure winner for laughter and fun this holiday season.”
— Margaret, Osondu Booksellers, Waynesville, NC


Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She's Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin and Hopin an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story and David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries, Lamb's Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello a distant cousin of the iconic Annette

Praise For…

“In the hands of Wally Lamb, what emerges isn’t an apology but a celebration of life...Felix makes a hilarious guide through a story that whirs right along.”
-Washington Post

“Lamb’s rich panoply of details...render this novel first-rate escapism just begging for a comforter and a cup of tea.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Warmly, sweetly retro”
-Kansas City Star

“Lamb gets Felix’s voice just right, and he does a spot-on job of evoking the special joys and trials of parochial school in the ‘60’s”
-St. Petersburg Times

“Lamb’s vividly detailed portrait of the 1960’s and the inner workings of a Catholic schoolboy’s mind puts his first Christmas book on par with his previous three novels.”
-Miami Herald

“Lamb...proves he can be short, sweet and funny”
-USA Today

“Wishin’ and Hopin’ from Wally Lamb reminds us of what innocence was like.”
-Body and Soul

“Both heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny…a cast of characters that are both uproarious and unforgettable…a poignant reminder that family and friends are the greatest gift of all.”
-Hartford Books Examiner

We might as well call Wally Lamb the man with the golden pen...[Wishin’ and Hopin’] will leave you laughing and thinking nostalgically about your own school days and holidays past”

“Lamb is a very good writer, and Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a charming read with a genuinely funny ending.”
-Houston Chronicle

“Humorous and heartwarming…clever and well-written…A fun trip down memory lane from a skilled writer. The stocking stuffer might just become a cherished possession.”
-Columbus Dispatch

“Charming…. Full of pop-culture references of the day…this will have broad appeal.”
-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061950261
ISBN-10: 0061950262
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: November 24th, 2009
Pages: 216
Language: English