Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 2.95 × 1.65 × 0.24 in
Published: October 26, 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0440422965
ISBN - 13: 9780440422969
About the Book
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The
endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the
hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This
year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child
off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the
holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise
set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful
holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.
But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't
much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has
consequences they didn't bargain for...
A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and
hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained
in our holiday tradition.
Read from the Book
Chapter One The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long since been taken. Every plane that came and went held at least eighty passengers, yet the gate had seats for only a few dozen. There seemed to be a thousand waiting for the 7 p.m. flight to Miami. They were bundled up and heavily laden, and after fighting the traffic and the check-in and the mobs along the concourse they were subdued, as a whole. It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest days of the year for air travel, and as they jostled and got pushed farther into the gate many asked themselves, not for the first time, why, exactly, they had chosen this day to fly. The reasons were varied and irrelevant at the moment. Some tried to smile. Some tried to read, but the crush and the noise made it difficult. Others just stared at the floor and waited. Nearby a skinny black Santa Claus clanged an irksome bell and droned out holiday greetings. A small family approached, and when they saw the gate number and the mob they stopped along the edge of the concourse and began their wait. The daughter was young and pretty. Her name was Blair, and she was obviously leaving. Her parents were not. The three gazed at the crowd, and they, too, at that moment, silently asked themselves why they had picked this day to travel. The tears were over, at least most of them. Blair was twenty-three, fresh from graduate school wi
From the Publisher
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
About the Author
John Grisham has written twenty-two novels,
including The Confession. He has also written a fiction
collection, and one work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man.
He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
"Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing
today."-The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Grisham is an absolute master."-The Washington
"Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good