A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.
In his reverie, our man reaches an epiphany worthy of the season - he hears the harkening angels sing, he is awed by the silence of the night (dead quiet: not even TV), and when he is finally rescued, leaves North Dakota resolved to simplify his life.
“This polished production brims with seasonal cheer, caustic wit, and Keillor’s signature folksy style.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Rife with imagination and humor.” (Plain Dealer)
“In this manic lead-up to Christmas Eve, Keillor exhibits his brilliance for drawing spon-on caricatures.” (The Washington Post)
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I laughed and I cried
I will probably listen to this again next year. I really laughed so hard that I was tearing up!
I LOVE Keillor's dry sense of humor. I'm so glad that he read it because he delivers it so well!
True Meaning of Life not just Christmas
I loved this story. It brings to mind how different we all are and if we only take the time to listen we might understand each other. It was funny and thought provoking.
The Christmas Eve dinner party