Auster fans will recognize Auggie Wren as the proprietor of a Brooklyn cigar store in the film Smoke
(1995), written by Auster and starring Harvey Keitel as Auggie. But before smoke
came a burning dilemma: the New York Times
invites Auster to write a Christmas story, and he is at a total loss. So he confides in Auggie, who says, in the best fairy-tale mode, "If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you ever heard. And I guarantee that every word of it is true." And so the writer listens carefully to the smoke-shop owner's tale of a young shoplifter, a lonely blind woman, and an impromptu Christmas dinner. And even if readers have heard the tale before, they will be enraptured anew, because that's how Christmas stories work. We want to read them over and over again. And this little volume is a jewel, not only because Auster is such a dazzling and canny storyteller but also because of Argentine artist ISOL's superbly jazzy illustrations. Donna SeamanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Thoroughly enjoyable...Auster's subtly crafted portrayal of the mechanics of reality is eminently realistic in its complexity and flaws."
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