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Real Santa Paperback – October 1, 2014
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"This could have been played as an out-and-out slapstick comedy, but instead the author approaches the story like a character study: a portrait of a man with the best intentions in the world watching those intentions collide with reality. It's a steamroller of a story, starting small, with George's idea, and getting bigger and bigger as George tries to put the elements together, as his obsession takes him further and further away from reality. Beautifully done."-- Starred Review Booklist
"This heartwarming and humorous Christmas story shows the determination of one man to bring magic to his daughter's childhood."-- Foreword Reviews
“Best-selling author Hazelgrove (e.g., Ripples; Tobacco Sticks) captures the human need to believe in something good. His mixed bag of characters can all trace their adult personae to their loss of Santa and how they adapted to the news. This book will satisfy readers looking for a happy Christmas story”--Library Journal
“Hazelgrove marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry ... adults looking for a funny, holiday-themed tale that doesn’t lose its sense of wonder in the face of realism will find a treat here. A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires.” ―Kirkus Reviews (William Hazelgrove)
“Hazelgrove’s lively, improbable narrative will appeal to readers in the mood for holiday fiction.”―Publishers Weekly (William Hazelgrove)
“If somebody doesn’t make a movie out of this book, there’s something wrong with the world. Beautifully done.” ―Booklist Starred Review (William Hazelgrove)
"Charming....Hazelgrove has real compassion for his characters."-- Chicago Tribune
From the Author
Real Santa came about when my daughter started to doubt the existence of Santa Claus and I looked out the window and noticed our roof by the chimney was almost flat. The chimney was also smaller than normal and short enough for a man to climb. So I started thinking of the physics of being Santa Claus. What would it take to land reindeer on the roof and then lift off again. And what would it take for a full grown man to go down a chimney with gifts and then go back up again. From there it was an easy jump to the story of a man trying to prove to his daughter that Santa Claus was real by becoming The Real Santa.
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I absolutely loved this book! Just when you thought that every possible angle for a story about Santa Claus had been covered, Hazelgrove comes up with this amazing and heartwarming story. This book is destined to become a holiday classic to be enjoyed over and over again.
Everything about this story worked for me: the story line, characters, and of course all the references to classic holiday movies about Santa Claus. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I am so happy that I came across this book this holiday season.
Yes, folks, there is a Santa Claus. And he doesn't get any more real than he does in this heartwarming and captivating Christmas story.
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Take one father who wasn't much of a father beyond being a good provider in his first marriage. Add a second marriage with a young girl who desperately wants to keep believing in the magic of Santa. Add losing a job just before Christmas. And stir in one man's desire to keep the Santa myth alive for at least one more year. And that is REAL SANTA.
Hazelgrove takes the reader back to the intersection of childhood when we could believe in magic and to growing up and out of the wonder of such magic. George decides he can really be Santa for one night. He nearly bankrupts the family trying to fulfill a promise to a child.
With the help of a cast of zany characters, including a frustrated Australian film director who turns the idea into a full-fledged production and a man who raises and leases reindeer. George works night and day to put together the pieces of getting live reindeer up onto his roof and him down the chimney.
The story stands on its own and belongs on the shelf of Christmas stories for decades to come.
I won't be a spoiler, but it does have a happy ending.
Carole McKee, Author
I bought several copies for my obsessive friends! OIne of those friends recommended it to her Bookclub for the December read.
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