Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story


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Harper Perennial
Publish Date
5.05 X 7.09 X 0.78 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She's Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin' and Hopin', and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn't Keep It to Myself, I'll Fly Away, and You Don't Know Me, three volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for two decades. He lives in Connecticut and New York.


"Lamb...proves he can be short, sweet and funny"--USA Today
"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 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
"Wishin' and Hopin' from Wally Lamb reminds us of what innocence was like."--Body and Soul
"Warmly, sweetly retro"--Kansas City Star
"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
"Charming.... Full of pop-culture references of the day...this will have broad appeal."--Library Journal
"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
"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
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"--BookPage