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With his latest story, WISHIN′ AND HOPIN′, Wally Lamb takes a turn toward the lighthearted and laugh-provoking. In a vein similar to Jean Shepherd′s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris′s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb′s holiday tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello--a distant cousin of the iconic Annette! Both poignant and hilarious, WISHIN′ AND HOPIN′ transports us back to October, November, and December of 1964, when LBJ and Lady Bird were in the White House, Meet the Beatles was on everyone′s turntables, and Christmas meant mistletoe, mangers, and midnight mass. Then it propels us from the past to the present so that we might measure what we′ve gained and what we′ve lost.
Loved this!! I laughed so hard while listening to this when I was confined to bed for a medical issue. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Movie Critic
This was an entertaining story and a quick read. Definitely not cheesy like a lot of Xmas stories. Read for book club.Published 12 days ago by Sarah
I LOVE Wally Lamb and have read all his books. That isn't impressive since he hasn't written many, but we're always excited when we find one we haven't read. He is great.Published 1 month ago by J. Sousa
This is the type of book that's good for reading while sipping a cup of tea or coffee. Relaxing, funny and realistic. I enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Irma J. Morris
A fine four star performance from Wally Lamb. I knew Wally mostly from his longer very serious works. This is a 180 turn from what he's known for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott F Feighner
A must read for anyone who attended Catholic school! You will lol all through the book.Published 2 months ago by Linda C. Calcagni