A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel

A Christmas Blizzard: A Novel

by Garrison Keillor


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The inimitable Garrison Keillor spins "a Christmas tale that makes Dickens seem unimaginative by comparison" (Charlotte Creative Loafing)

Snow is falling all across the Midwest as James Sparrow, a country- bumpkin-turned-energy-drink-tycoon, and his wife awaken in their sky- rise apartment overlooking Chicago. Even down with the stomach bug, Mrs. Sparrow yearns to see The Nutcracker while James yearns only to escape-the faux-cheer, the bitter cold, the whole Christmas season. An urgent phone call from his hometown of Looseleaf, North Dakota, sends James into the midst of his lunatic relatives and a historic blizzard. As he hunkers weather the storm, the electricity goes out and James is visited by a parade of figures who deliver him an epiphany worthy of the season, just in time to receive Mrs. Sparrow's wonderful Christmas gift. Garrison Keillor's holiday farce is the perfect gift for the millions of fans who tune into A Prairie Home Companion every week.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143119883
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 611,449
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota-one more English major. The writer and host of A Prairie Home Companion, he is also the author of the bestselling Lake Wobegon novels. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and New York City.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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A Christmas Blizzard 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
booknan More than 1 year ago
This is one of the strangest book I've read. It was like a dream sequence, actually more of a nightmare. Kind of like a ghoulish Scrooge, with neuroses and freaks. If you long to hear Keilor's familiar voice, this is not the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a warm and fuzzy read over the holidays, this wasn't it. It was a strange story and my mind kept wonder about the next book I would be reading. Not captivating enough.
JoKizoner More than 1 year ago
Garry, I can call you Garry, right? I've seen you do PHC live many times. I've listened for 20 years. I've spent most of my adulthood in Lake Wobegon at some point. So I see this little book on B&N's website that I hadn't read and I thought, "A Christmas story...how wonderful and topical and I'm traveling and I have time to read", and I buy it. What a wonderful decision. This is a light and airy story of one mans' fate at the hands of a cruel harsh season. It is a delight to read for all fans of GK. And if you aren't or haven't been-well, it's a short easy introduction to the GK style of story telling that is at once captivating and funny, and in the end rewarding and warrm. And hey, if you don't like it, I guarantee you will know someone who will, and at that point give it away. Share this story.
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Sparrow, millionaire owner of an energy drink company, hates Christmas. Though he can't bring himself to admit it to anyone, his fear of getting his tongue stuck to frozen metal haunts him throughout the cold Chicago winter. Seeking to escape he jumps in his private jet and takes off for Hawaii. When he gets stranded in a blizzard during an impromptu stop in his hometown of Looseleaf, North Dakota he will have to face his fears. With the assistance of a variety of strange and wondrous helpers (Big Hair Lady, a wolf, and cousin Liz) he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. What could be better then a hilarious and heartwarming Christmas story written and read by Garrison Keillor?! I listened to the audio version and Keillor's rich and distinctive voice only add to this pitch perfect Christmas tale. As you would expect, it is hysterically funny and touching too. This audio book is a great way to get yourself into the holiday spirit!
Copperskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poor James Sparrow. He¿s a sad man with a happy life. Wealthy and just looking to escape Christmas in Chicago and any frozen metal that may be calling, Hawaii seems just the ticket (on his private jet, of course). Unfortunately, in taking a short detour to visit a sick uncle, James winds up stranded by a blizzard in his hometown of Looseleaf, ND. Minor shades of A Christmas Carol ensue. This is a laugh-out-loud funny, absurd, goofball kind of a story that is surprisingly endearing. Also, the book itself is lovely in a Christmasy sort of way ¿ red cover, green flyleaf, no dust jacket and with a scene from the story edged in gold leaf on the cover. I¿m adding it to my small pile of Christmas favorites.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A middle-aged billionaire wants to spend Christmas at his estate in Hawaii, but his wife would rather stay home. His plans to take the corporate plane are derailed as a blizzard strands him near his childhood home in North Dakota, leading to remembrances of times gone by he generally prefers not to think about-- and how a chance encounter led to his enormous wealth. This is typical Keillor: humor, reminiscence, and the ocassional dig at Republicans. His fans won't be disappointed.
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amusing, fast read about a multi-millionaire, James Sparrow who doesn't like Christmas and his unlikely redemption. Elements of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Native American lore, It's a Wonderful Life, silliness and hope, I truly enjoyed A Christmas Blizzard. James has to return home to Looseleaf, North Dakota to see his Uncle Earl before he dies and gets stuck in a blizzard over the Christmas holidays.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's December, so it's time to read the many Christmas novels that come out this time of year. A cross between the A Christmas Carol and A Prairie Home Companion skit, A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor tells the story of a rich businessman living in Chicago who takes a trip to his hometown in North Dakota around Christmas. Although the characters and story line are interesting, I got the feeling that this was a short story that was "bulked" up to meet the needs of the publisher. I felt myself wanting to speed read to get to the end. However if you're a fan of Keillor, you'll enjoy the quirky approach. I could practically hear the cadence of the author's voice reading the story to me. Although it was a fun read, there are many better stories that I'd recommend before jumping into this Christmas story.
paulrwaibel44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like many others, I am a fan of Garrison Keillor. I faithfully listen to his daily NPR broadcast, "The Writer's Almanac," and try never to miss reading his column on the internet. When possible, I listen to his popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." Of the three, my least favorite is the radio show. I enjoy the variety of musicians and other guests. I even enjoy listening to Garrison sing occasionally, or at least try to sing. My least favorite part of "Prairie Home Companion" are his "News From Lake Wobegon" dialogues. Garrison Keillor is a master of painting character sketches, but they do seem to drag on and on and on. And that is what brings me to this, his latest novel, "A Christmas Blizzard." This is really a prolonged "News From Lake Wobegon" dialogue, only rather than end after five minutes or so, it drones on for all of 180 pages. I kept wondering what was going on, who was who, and what was the point of whatever the story was about. When I finally reached the end of the novel, I found mayself confused and very little amused. This is a book for those who love Mr. Keillor's reminiscences of the imaginary Lake Wobegon and his character sketches of the lovable and amusing folks who live there. But as for me, I prefer listening to "The Writer's Almanac" and reading his editorials.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keillor 's offbeat brand of humor shines through in this tale of a modern day Scrooge who returns home to visit a dying uncle. While staying at a fishing shack on a frozen lake, Jack Sparrow has several...visions...which eventually turns him from Scrooge to a man who loves Christmas.As usual, Keillor makes the reader laugh and think with his Christmas tale.
ken1952 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans of Keillor's wacky humor should enjoy this tale about a guy who hates Christmas. His visit to a dying uncle in North Dakota (and his meeting up with a talking wolf) during a crazy blizzard starts him thinking otherwise. I laughed, but the book was a bit over the top for me.
KimberleyKoz More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Garrison Keillor for years. A Christmas Blizzard didn't disappoint me. I savored the chapters throughout my chaotic holiday season, setting aside quiet time to be able to fully appreciate the nutty characters and imaginative twists and turns in this story. Funny and almost hallucinogenic with imagination, this is a book I intend to read again, and recommend to anyone who would appreciate a truly untraditional Christmas story.
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What the frick! Why did some one lie about this girls death! If she really did die then i feel bad but if not what kind of person would lie a lie like THT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Siblings are soooo annoying.I feel bad for u. yours must be really annoying!You should see my brother!!!!One day he got dandalion seeds and put them in my hair for no good reson.he just decided to be annoying that day i guess. Come join immortalclan at shoh result two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not sure if the person is dead or not. If shes dead then i will miss her. If shes just lost her nook then i hope shell get it back soon.
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I feel so bad
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More great stories from Garrison Keillor.
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Garrison Keillor has been busy of late, writing a great deal and writing very well. A Christmas Blizzard made a fantastic gift for the season, especially for those of us in Lake Wobegon country.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
At the beginning, this tale was laugh out loud funny and entertaining. Yet, by the time I read to chapter nine, page fifty-four, my interest in James' plight had diminished; therefore lack of interest stopped me at page fifty-four and I did not read any further. This novel is good to read as a storm story, you know, when there is a storm brewing outside and you have no other story to read.