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A Christmas Blizzard: Unabridged
 
 
Author
Garrison Keillor. Read by the author.
Publisher HighBridge Audio  
Format 5 audio CDs, Unabridged
Product Dimensions 5.8 x 5.1 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9781598879278
Pages/Publication Date 5 hrs/2009
Daedalus Item Code 20134
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Snow is falling across the Midwest as James and Joyce Sparrow awaken in their ten-room apartment overlooking Chicago—he, dreading Christmas, and she, adoring it but down with stomach flu. His dreams of a Hawaiian vacation are sidelined when a phone call from his North Dakota hometown sends him flying into a blizzard to see his dying Uncle Earl. Confronted by dark memories and stranded by the storm, James camps out in a fishing shack on the ice of Lake Winnesissebigosh and is visited by a wolf, a Big-Hair lady, and a Chinese wise man from the Inner Sunset, each with a lesson on life. Garrison Keillor reads his own unabridged story with his usual dry humor.

"Keillor returns to the snowy Midwest to deliver a Dickensian tale of Chicago yuppies James and Joyce Sparrow, who venture to Looseleaf, North Dakota, to see James's dying uncle, braving a deadly blizzard and equally deadly small town eccentrics. The simple and well-written story is taken to fresh heights by the author's obvious pleasure in reading his own work. This polished production brims with seasonal cheer, caustic wit, and Keillor's signature folksy style."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Garrison Keillor's A Christmas Blizzard has clear parallels to Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol'—except it's nuttier. Phobia-ridden tycoon James Sparrow thumbs a big 'bah humbug' at Christmas and has one foot out the door to Hawaii even though his holiday-loving wife is prostrate with the flu. But news that his favorite uncle is on his deathbed diverts Sparrow to his North Dakota hometown. When a blizzard strands him, Sparrow finds himself overnighting in a fishing shack, entertaining visions and relatives who propel him toward happiness. In this manic lead-up to Christmas Eve, Keillor exhibits his brilliance for drawing spot-on caricatures."—Washington Post

 
 
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