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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1ST edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316232734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316232739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Good ol’ Pete Hamill is a seasoned journalist who can be counted on to write fiction with heart and old-fashioned, human charm. No cutting-edge technique here, no dystopian vision of city life (Hamill is a born and bred Brooklynite), but he certainly doesn’t serve up pabulum to his eager readers. Hamill knows the toughness of city streets but also the warmth and richness to be found in the lives of the denizens of those streets. His latest book is a collection of short stories, most of them originally published in the New York Daily News. With their universality of theme and directness of style, they speak to all readers. For instance, The Christmas Kid, the longest story in the collection, is a poignant but never schmaltzy tale about Brooklyn immediately after WWII, when a Jewish boy from Europe is plunged into the neighborhood and is taught the ropes only to be taken away from this safe haven. His story is the story of the power of community. --Brad Hooper

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PRAISE FOR PETE HAMILL:

"Few people have written quite so beautifully about New York as Hamill has in recent years."—Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

"With his reporter's eye for detail and a tough-but-tender lyricism, the Brooklyn-bred Hamill brings modern-day New York to life by illuminating its colorful past."—Scott Stephens, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hamill sees a world almost gone by. Those who would dismiss that world as nostalgia might consider what in today's NewYork will they have to lovingly evoke years from now."—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

"New York City is the lead actor in the best of Hamill's writing...and it steals the show."—Julie Wittes Schlack, Boston Globe

"Hamill tells a good yarn and has a knack for drawing empathetic portraits of rogues and rule benders....Even a bicycle ride to the store to pick up the Daily News is a good read in Hamill's hands."—Michael Hill, San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 15 previous books including the bestselling novels Snow in August and Forever and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

There was very little subastance to this story.
Terri Walner
As they say in Brooklyn, "Fugget About It...." This book is exceptional, one of the finest collections of short story fiction compiled in years.
Big D
Good bedside book, you can read a complete story or two before falling asleep!
Joseph P Clater

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pete Hamill grew up in the streets and tenements of immigrant, working-class Brooklyn, NY in the years during and after World War II. He went on to become a columnist, scriptwriter, editor, bestselling novelist and author.

With THE CHRISTMAS KID, Hamill cements his place as one of the greatest American writers who ever lived. This collection of 36 short stories reads like a panoramic novel of a Lost World. It's a place filled with vitality and nostalgia. The people inhabiting these pages deal with love, loss and fate as best as they can. This is an impossible collection to put down once you start it. It's Pete Hamill at the absolute top of his game.

And here is the amazing thing about these stories: 33 of them were written and first published in the most impermanent medium of them all --- a newspaper. In the early 1980s Hamill was working as a columnist for New York Daily News. He had the idea of bringing short fiction back to the newspaper. From the vantage point of the vanishing world of newspapers today, the 1980s were something of a Golden Age. Papers actually had their own Sunday supplement magazines. Most independent newspaper Sunday supplements are gone now, additions to "the lost city of memory" in Hamill's words.

Yet the stories in THE CHRISTMAS KID are as fresh, relevant and good today as they were the Sunday they first appeared all those years ago. Working within the limitations of a daily paper, Hamill has created fiction that lasted the test of time. He created literature. That is something that could only be done by the greatest of writers.

Despite being written in the early 1980s, these stories resonate both backwards and forwards in time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on December 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
No, this is not a collection of Christmas stories and to that degree, the fact that it was released at the start of the Christmas season, the title could be considered somewhat misleading. But don't worry about it. As they say in Brooklyn, "Fugget About It...."

This book is exceptional, one of the finest collections of short story fiction compiled in years. Years...Pete Hamill is good, one of the best at conveying the humor and pathos of the human experience as few writers can. He is exceptional as is this book.

Yes, the stories are rooted in Hamill's experience in Brooklyn, but they are stories of the human experience, human regret, human emotion and compassion, human endurance and happiness. They could take place in any Small Town, USA or in the canyons of Manhattan, wherever humans gather, put down roots and call that place "home."

A book well worth reading---and keeping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KathyNJ on December 9, 2012
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A beautifully written book about life in a simpler time in the Brooklyn of my childhood. The stories tug at your heartstrings and confirm that love and family are eternal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 5, 2012
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These short stories are beautifully written and engaging, but incredibly depressing. I enjoy the nostalgic theme, but almost every story ends as badly for the main character as possible. Too dark for my tastes, I couldn't finish this book.
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By H. F. Miglino on February 20, 2014
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I almost feel guilty liking the book so much. The title is misleading, this is a dark book very few if any happy endings to the stories. Most of the stories are about long lost loves, each of us must have a long lost love, did not turn out good, meet later in life, tragic ending, etc. These are the stories of middle class or lower class individuals who have led uneven lives. I actually remember reading some of these short stories in the 1980's when they were first published, I think. I really enjoy Pete Hamil, he is an acquired taste but well worth it. If you want to read human interest stories this is your book but do not be misled by the title.
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I enjoy Peter Hamill's books of New York. This book reminded me of growing up on the south side of Chicago. Many of his stories could have had the same characters that I knew in my neighborhood. Anyone who grew up in the 40s and 50s will find this novel a trip down memory lane. Others will gain knowledge of what an exciting time that period was to live. I just hope that Peter has many more for the future.
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By Martin Kornfeld on December 23, 2013
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I grew up at the other end of Brooklyn {East New York}. Pete Hamill always brings back memories of my youth.
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Pete Hamill captures a not so pretty post WWII Brooklyn through his telling of 36 fictional stories of life as it was on the streets and in the apartments of familiar neighborhoods. No one tells a better story of New York. For other Pete Hamill suggestions search gordonsgoodreads.com
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